TEL AVIV (Apr. 24)
The Israeli delegation to the Lausanne conference which opens on Tuesday has been instructed to explore all avenues to achieve an honorable and lasting peace, Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett declared at a press conference today. Three members of the Tel Aviv delegation left for Lausanne today. Replying to repeated questions by correspondents, Sharett said that Israel is now in the process of appointing a new minister to the Soviet Union to replace Mrs. Golda Myerson who returned here last week from Moscow to assume her new duties as Minister of Labor.
LAUDS “MAGNIFICENT EFFORTS” OF AMERICAN JEWRY
Speaking on the question of immigration, Sharett described the “magnificent efforts” of American Jews who, he said, “are getting a kick out of the existence of the state of Israel.” He added that Israel would welcome any further international loans and revealed that the government was new engaged in negotiations with various countries for the acquisition of goods under long-term credit plans.
Turning to the Israeli-Transjordan negotiations on Jerusalem now taking place among members of a Joint commission set up by the Amman-Tel Aviv armistice agreement, Sharett asserted that these talks could not be described as having deteriorated but rather as following a zig-zag course. He confirmed a report that Trans Jordan yesterday asked for return of Lydda and Ramleh to the Arab Legion. He also revealed that the problem of Jews living in Arab countries would be brought up at the Lausanne parley.
Sharett emphatically denied that the Israeli Government was attempting to curtail new immigration to Israel or to restrict the movement of Jews to this country in any way, Israel would like to regulate this immigration in order to be able in advance to plan for the needs of new arrivals, he said, adding that a regulation for “knowing some weeks in advance of the numbers of new immigrants expected” in Israel was forthcoming.