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Israel Premier Says Country Will Promote Cause of Peace; Cabinet Hears Report on Korea

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Israel will support “to the utmost” the cause of peace, Premier David Ben Gurion pledged today in a broadcast filmed for future television. “The small, still voice of peace must be heard above the din of war.” the Premier declared.

(The New York Times reported today that the question of Near East defense will be on the agenda of a regional conference of United States diplomatic chiefs in Istanbul next month. The report says that it is believed that Britain and the United States have recently concluded separate re-examinations of the problems involved and have each come to the conclusion that the Near East can be defended against anything except an all-out Soviet onslaught. The Anglo-American conclusions presume the active cooperation of both Israel and the Arab states.)

A report on Korean developments was presented today to the Israel Cabinet by Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett. Israel’s attitude on China’s new proposal regarding cease-fire in Korea will be outline by Ambassador Abba Eban at Lake Success within the next few days.

The Cabinet approved a plan presented by Dov Joseph, Minister of Communications, which provides for the enlargement of the port of Haifa. Work on the project will be started on March 1 and will be completed within 18 months.

In this connection it was reported here today that the port of Haifa handled a record total of 1,300,000 tons of freight arriving in the Jewish state during 1950 almost 86 percent of the total tonnage imported into Israel during the year. This compares with a total of 900,000 tons handled in 1949.

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