Israeli Authorities Deny Report That Attempt Was Made on Premier Ben Gurion’s Life

Reports circulating abroad that an attempt had been made on the life of Premier David Ben Gurion were officially denied here today.

An official communique issued here today explained that an Arab plane was shot down by a Jewish fighter over Israeli territory when the Arab pilot refused to obey an international signal and a separate hand signal motioning him to land. The Arab, although over Jewish territory, in the area between Kineret and Safad, did not comply but attempted to flee. One burst of machinegun fire was aimed at the Arab craft and it caught fire. It later crossed the Transjordan border and creased in flames.

Herman Hollaender, director of trade in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, in leaving tomorrow for the United States on an important purchasing mission. Hellbender today told a press conference that the government during the Period of the present emergency. The Corporation has been divided into two companies–one with a capital of $2,000,000 for private capital, and the other with $1,200,000 for cooperatives.

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