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Israel Seeks Freedom of Exit for All Jews Wishing to Leave Their Countries, Sharett Says

The major objectives of Israel’s foreign policy are “peace with our neighbors, friendly relations with all nations, advance of democracy, promotion of world peace, freedom of exit for all Jews wishing to leave for Israel, and full support to the United Nations,” Israel Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett declared today.

If established states refuse to make peace with Israel, he added, the Jewish state will simply go ahead with its work. “We shall stick to the present armistice agreements to the letter and the spirit,” he said. “We shall also quite naturally try to be ready for any contingency. But the main thing we shall do is to get along with our job of developing the country and settling the vast number of immigrants who keep pouring into Israel.”

The Foreign Minister spoke to the U.N. correspondents by telephone from Johan-nesburg as part of an American coast-to-coast broadcast. Mr. Sharett expressed his belief that “as long as the U.N. exists and all nations belong to it, there is at least a hope of peace being saved.” He said that U.N. Secretary-General Trygve Lie deserved “special credit for his constructive initiative and persevering efforts,” adding that Lie was acting “as a true servant of world peace.”

Mr. Sharett expressed the belief that the U.N. could solve the Jerusalem problem if it would accept the substance of Israel’s new proposal for internationalizing the Holy Places. “I sincerely believe that Israel’s new proposals offer a genuine realistic solution of the problem. They adequately safeguard international interest in the Holy Places and they fully preserve the basic national rights of the population of Jerusalem and the fundamental position of the state of Israel,” he declared.

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