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Tel Aviv Press Reports Israel’s Reply to Soviet Warning

The Israeli Minister at Moscow has handed the Soviet Government the Israel Government’s reply to the former’s note warning the Jewish State against joining a Western-sponsored Middle East Command, it was reported today in the local evening press here. The Foreign Ministry refused to confirm the text of the Israeli reply as published here.

According to a report in the evening paper Yedioth Achronoth the Israeli memorandum, allegedly signed by Premier David Ben Gurion in his capacity of Acting Foreign Minister, made the following three points, in addition to pointing out that Israel has not been invited to join a Middle East command: 1. The Israel Government is concerned only with the independence and security of Israel; 2. The Israel Government is continuing its policy of “gathering in exiles” and liquidating the Diaspora; 3. Israel would warmly welcome Soviet Government permission for Russian Jews to migrate to Israel.

From Jerusalem it was reported that the Israeli note also stressed Israel’s position of non-interference in the East-West conflict.

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