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Trade and Civil Aviation Agreements Between Israel and Holland Signed by Hen Gurion

Agreements on trade and civil aviation between Israel and Holland were signed here today by Premier David Ben Gurion and Dutch Minister M. Hederbragt, who is returning home after serving in Israel for the past two years.

The trade pact, the third between the two countries, provides for the purchase by Israel of some 2,000,000 pounds ($5,600,000) worth of goods in 1951. The goods would include foodstuffs, cattle seed, industrial raw materials and technical equipment. The Dutch would purchase citrus products from Israel as well as razor blades and finished textiles.

Israel will export a far larger proportion of products than it did under previous pacts with the Dutch. Also, special facilities will be provided to permit payment by use of the fund of Jewish emigrants which are still blocked in The Netherlands.

The aviation agreement provides for the Dutch KIM lines to operate an Amsterdam-Lydda and an Amsterdam-Lydda-Teheran service. The Israelis will operate a direct route to Amsterdam and will also use that city’s airport for service to points beyond.