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Speedy Release of Americans from Israel Army Promised

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The Israel Army today promised speedy action on requests by Americans serving in the Army for release before December 24 in order to comply with the provisions of the McCarran-Walter Immigration Act which would deprive them of American citizenship if they are still in the service of a foreign nation on that date.

The Israeli military authorities have asked the United States consulate in Israel to instruct American citizens desiring to leave the Israeli armed forces to apply personally to their superior officers. The consulate has issued such instructions. It is estimated that some 50 Americans now serving in the Israel Army desire a discharge in order to protect their American citizenship. Some Americans have indicated a desire to remain in the Army, even at the cost of forfeiting their citizenship.

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