BUENOS AIRES (Jun. 24)
Argentine President Juan Peron, Mrs. Peron and other high officials of the government were guests of honor at a reception arranged here last night by the Organizacion Israelita Argentina for Pablo Manguel, newly-appointed Argentine Minister to Israel, Mr. Manguel is expected to leave for Tel Aviv within a few months to take up his new duties.
President Peron, speaking at the gathering, said: “I feel a deep fondness and great respect towards Israel.” Lauding Argentine Jews for their honesty and diligence, Peron voiced the hope that Manguel would become the bridge between Argentina and Israel and that he would aid Israel and ask for Israel’s aid if necessary, Peron concluded his remarks with the toast, “Long Live Israeli”
Madame Peron declared that the appointment of a Jew as Argentine Minister to the new state proved that Peron repudiates racism. Responding, the new Minister asserted that the Jewish state “repeated David’s deed in defeating Goliath,” All major Jewish groups participated in the reception and several Jewish leaders, including the president of the DAIA, central representative Jewish body in Argentina, expressed the thanks of Argentine Jewry to Peron. A message was received from the Israeli Minister to Uruguay, Dr. Joseph Tzur.