LONDON (Aug. 28)
Mayor Daniel Auster of Jerusalem, who is en route to The Hague to attend the meeting of the executive committee of the International Conference of Mayors, declared here today that during his stay in London he will confer with British Treasury officials on accounts outstanding between the former Mandatory Government and the municipality of Jerusalem.
Mr. Auster said that the 115,000 citizens of Jewish Jerusalem are unalterably opposed to any form of internationalization. The citizens of the Holy City, he stated, do not believe that any change of Jerusalem’s status as an integral part of the state of Israel will be decided upon, “nor do they consider that such a decision could be implemented.”
Jerusalem has changed its economic structure, Mayor Auster said, explaining that it is “no longer old Jerusalem, known as the unproductive city of salaried government officials, religious functionaries and teachers, but a center of work, supporting itself through its own efforts, while remaining also a seat of religion, science and state administration.”