President Weizmann Arrives in Israel; So. Africa Informs Israel of De Jure Recognition

President Chaim Weizmann returned to Israel today by plane. He inspected a guard of honor drawn up on the airfield and was greeted by senior Army officers. Later, he drove to his residence at Rahovet, 20 miles south-east of Tel Aviv.

Premier David Ben Gurion today received a cable from Prine Minister David F. Malan of the Union of South Africa, confirming that nation’s de jure recognition of Israeli. The South African Prime Minister said that he hoped Israel would soon solve the major problems facing it, including demarcation of boundaries, internationalization of Jerusalem and the Arab refugee issue. The message added that great importance is attached to these questions in the Union.

A project for the construction of housing for immigrants in Israel to “be financed by long-term, low interest rate investments by labor union members in the United States was announced here today by Jacob Potofsky, president of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, who is now visiting this country.

The low cost housing project will be financed largely by small individual investment from U.S. workers, Potofsky added. He declined to reveal the total capital sought for the project, but declared that “we are not dealing with small change.” During his two-week stay in Israel the U.S. labor leader has studied Histadrut operations and needs.

The Histadrut’s sick fund–Kupat Cholim–decided today to launch a $6,000,000 building program for the next three years to provide for the extension and construction of additional hospitals, nursing schools and clinics.

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