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Four-hour Debate in Knesset Marks Cabinet’s Report on New Educational System

March 16, 1950
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The Israel Cabinet today reported to Parliament that a unified educational system will be established in the Yemenite immigrant camps, while two separate systems — one religious and the other general — will be introduced in other camps.

The announcement provoked a four-hour debate in Parliament pressed by the Mapam, left-wing Socialist group which opposes the compromise on education reached with the Orthodox Bloc in order to avert a Cabinet crisis. The major part of the debate centered about that portion of the announcement that said that the Cabinet intends to implement the compromise and that it will introduce an amendment to the education law for that purpose.

By a vote of 64 to 14, the Knesset finally adopted a motion merely taking note of the government’s decision to implement the accord with the religious parties. A vote on the proposed amendment was postponed until tomorrow.

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