Israel Will Never Abandon Jerusalem, Acting President of Jewish State Says

Acting President of Israel Joseph Sprinzak said today that Israel will never abandon Jerusalem. He made this pledge at a reception tendered by the municipality at which a plea for active Knesset aid in transferring the capital of Israel to Jerusalem was made by acting Mayor Reuven Shraibman.

Nathan Friedman-Yellin, Sternist leader and Knesset deputy, said today: “There will not be any foreign rule in Jerusalem.” In a statement to the press he warned that the Sternists would “mobilize their ablest people” to fight against any internationalization of Jerusalem. He also voiced opposition to internationalization of the Holy Places, maintaining that the Israel Government could protect them adequately.

Virtually all newspaper offices here and in Tel Aviv received an anonymous telephone call today that the Israel Police Inspector-General had been warned that the Fatherland Front was determined to “liquidate” the members of the United Nations Economic Survey Mission who are scheduled to arrive in Israel Sunday. There was no official comment on the telephone calls. The Fatherland Front is a small extremist group which publicly accepted responsibility for the assassination of the late Count Folke Bernadotte.

(In Washington, Peter Bergson (Hillel Kook), Herut deputy in the Knesset, who was the guest of honor at a luncheon tendered by members of the U.S. Senate, yesterday told the Sonators that all Israel political parties are in agreement on the issue of Jerusalem. He added that no one in the Jewish state will tolerate international rule of Jerusalem. Senators Guy Gillette and Elbert Johnson were hosts at the luncheon.)

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