Rationing Will Continue Until Israel Achieves Self-sufficiency, Ben Gurion Announces

The system of rationing food and other commodities will continue in Israel until the country achieves self-sufficiency, Premier David Ben Gurion told parliament today. “Until then, we will not allow much for few, but everybody will receive a just share” he added.

The new Cabinet held its first meeting today at the residence of President Chaim Weizmann in Rehovot. The President was greeted by Premier Ben Gurion on behalf of all members of the new government. In response Dr. Weizmann congratulated Mr. Ben Gurion and all Ministers of the new Cabinet on their successfully overcoming the recent Cabinet crisis.

At today’s Cabinet meeting it was decided to submit to parliament the draft of a bill on the term of life of the present parliament. The Cabinet today also appointed ministerial committees to deal with urgent problems facing the Jewish state.

At a press conference here today Yaacov Geri, Minister of Trade and Industry, and Pinhas Lubianiker, Minister of Agriculture, announced that pending a reorganization, their Ministries will continue to function as in the past. Mr. Lubianiker said that his Ministry will be transferred to Jerusalem where he will take up residence. Minister Geri said he has not decided as yet where his headquarters will be established.

In a press interview, Moshe Shapiro, Minister of Interior and Immigration, expressed satisfaction that the Cabinet crisis had been resolved. The Mizrachi laborite minister claimed that the bulk of the demands advanced by the Religious Bloc had been accepted.

It was established today that the 42 votes cast in parliament yesterday against Premier Ben Gurion’s new Cabinet represented members of the Mapam, Herut, General Zionist and Communist parties.

Foreign Minister Mosks Sharett of Israel left by air last night for lake Success to participate in sessions of the U.N. General Assembly. He will make a stop off at Paris.

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