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Herut Party Ousts Leaders of Dissident ‘free Group’

February 17, 1967
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The inner court of the Herut Party suspended Shmuel Tamir and Shmuel Mintzer last night and barred them from holding any office in the party for a year in the latest phase of a battle by insurgents against the party’s leadership.

The action was regarded as a split in the party. Tamir declared today that the action “is regarded as a sentence not only against me but also against all our followers.” The dissidents called themselves the “Free Group. ” They indicated they now consider themselves as expelled from the rightwing party.

While the court cannot deprive Tamir of his Parliamentary seat, the party can remove Tamir from the Knesset committees where he serves as representative of the Gahal faction comprised of Herut and some members of the Liberal Party. Tamir called the verdict a result of “selfish interests” in the Herut leadership.

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