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U.S. Opposes Transfer of Israel’s Foreign Ministry to Jerusalem

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The United States has notified the Government of Israel that America would not view favorably the transfer of the Israel Foreign Ministry from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, it was learned here today.

This notice was conveyed to Israel in an aide memoire presented to the Foreign Ministry in Tel Aviv. The document indicated that the U.S. Government has no intention at present of transferring its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The aide memoire noted with concern the Israel announcement May 4 regarding the transfer of the Foreign Office to Jerusalem. It said the United States will continue to adhere to a policy insisting that there should be a special international regime for Jerusalem which will not only provide protection for the Holy Places but which will be acceptable to Israel and Jordan as well as to the world community.

Israel was told that, since the Jerusalem question is of international importance, the United States believes that the United Nations should have an opportunity to reconsider the matter with a view to devising a status for Jerusalem which would satisfactorily preserve the interests of the world community and the states directly concerned. Therefore, the aide memoire explained, the United States would not view with favor the transfer of the Israel Foreign Office to Jerusalem.

“I think we have made our position known to the Israelis on this matter,” a State Department spokesman said today. Asked if the Israel Government requested that the U.S. Embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the official replied: “They have not asked us to move.”

2,200 TONS OF CRUDE SULPHUR ALLOCATED TO ISRAEL

Meanwhile, the International Materials Conference, which has its seat in Washington, today announced the allocation of 2,200 long tons of crude sulphur to Israel for the second six months of 1952. This represents the largest single allocation to Israel since the establishment of the state and is considered adequate to meet present needs.

In presenting Israel’s case for the increased allotment before the I.M.C. sulphur subcommittee, Dr. Ernest Levin, First Secretary of the Israel Embassy, pointed out that the fertilizer plant at Haifa now has a productive capacity sufficient to cover Israel’s entire domestic requirement of sulphur phosphate provided adequate supplies of crude sulphur are received.

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