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Opposition Asks for Knesset Inquiry into the Eshkol-ben Gurion Rift

June 10, 1965
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The Herut-Liberal party faction in Israel’s Parliament submitted today a motion for debate on Premier Levi Eshkol’s recent statement that there had been “irregularities” during former Premier David Ben-Gurion’s terms of office. The motion called for creation of a committee of inquiry to examine the charge, the latest development in the Mapai party leadership struggle between Premier Eshkol and the former Premier.

Mr. Ben-Gurion, who has not attended Knesset sessions since his resignation as Premier, may attend the Knesset meeting at which the Herut-Liberal motion comes up, to support the demand for an inquiry, it was reported. In the continuing feud between the former Mapai comrades, Mr. Ben-Gurion denounced the Premier’s charge yesterday in an article in Davar, the organ of the Histadrut, Israel’s labor federation.

Meanwhile, merger talks between Israel’s two ultra-Orthodox parties, Agudat Israel and Foalei Agudat Israel broke down today. Poalei Agudat Israel is a labor group. Opposition within Poalei Agudat Israel over the proposed merger, led by Deputy Education Minister Kalman Kahana, threatened the Orthodox labor group with a split on the issue.

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