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Ben Gurion Misunderstood by American Zionist Leaders, Celler Says

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Israeli Premier David Ben Gurion has declared that his statements concerning the bankruptcy of American Zionist leaders which have caused a furor in American Jewish circles were taken out of context and that consideration of his full speech would reveal neutralization of the effect of the extracted portions, Rep. Emanuel Celler today told a press conference here.

Returning from a tour of Israel, the Congressman quoted the Premier as having said that his remarks about American Zionist leadership were “perhaps a mistake” and that he would be more careful in the future to avoid expressions which might be misunderstood. Commenting on the economic situation of Israel, the Congressman said that it was “brightening,” adding that at the present time Israel was building more houses and factories than Italy and France combined.

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