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Israeli-lebanese Negotiations Resumed; Syrian Stand Holds Up Conclusion of Talks

Israeli-Lebanese negotiations were resumed at the border town of Ras el Nakura this morning, it was reported here today. Syria’s refusal even to discuss the problem of withdrawal of her troops from the Mishmar Hayrden area is reportedly holding up conclusion of the Lebanese talks.

Approximately 48,000 immigrants arrived in Israel during the months of January and February, it was announced here. Over 3,100 new arrivals landed in Israel yesterday. Three thousand of these immigrants arrived from Bulgaria, while 100 came from Turkey. During the January-February period, nearly 2,000 tourists reached Israel. Wearly 3,500 immigrants landed in Israel during the week-end in four ships.

Israeli shipping is now transporting 60 percent of the nation’s sea-borne immigration, Eliahu Dobkin, director of the immigration department of the Jewish Agency, disclosed today at a press conference. He added that $9,000,000 of the $100,000,000 American loan will be used to build up the Israeli merchant fleet.