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Jerusalem is Capital Not Only of Israel but of Jewish Nation, Ben Gurion Declares

Jerusalem is not only the capital of Israel but of the Jewish nation, Premier Ben Gurion declared today. He expressed the hope that Jerusalem would soon become Jewry’s world center for peace, justice, art and science.

Speaking at a ceremony at which leading members of the government and the Jewish Agency signed a scroll to be laid under the cornerstone of the future World Zionist Congress building, the Israel Premier said: “This building symbolizes the eternal ties between Jerusalem and the Jewish nation.” The cost of the building, which will have an auditorium with a seating capacity of 10,000, was estimated at about $3,000,000 by Rabbi Z. Gold, member of the Jewish Agency executive.

The Israel Government will spend more than $1,000,000 by April 1 on the transfer of the Parliament and government offices from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, it was learned today. The Cabinet met this morning and heard a report on the national budget for the fiscal year of 1950.