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U.S. Agrees to Give Technical Aid to Israel; Moscow Ignores Israel’s Request for Such Aid

The United States Government has agreed to extend technical aid to Israel under the Point Four Program of President Truman, it was announced here last night by Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett. The Minister made it clear that the acceptance of “Point-Four” assistance does not put the Jewish state under any political obligations to the United States.

Mr. Sharett indicated that a year ago Israel also requested technical aid from the Soviet Union, but so far no reply has been received from Moscow. Specifically, Israel wanted Soviet forestry experts to be sent to Israel to act as advisers an afforestation.

From the United States, Mr. Sharett said, the Jewish state will request experts in public health, road construction, railways, irrigation and citriculture. Israel will, under the “Point-Four” program, send to the United States some of its citizens for training in ship repair, deep sea fishing, railway operation and maintenance and various other industries.