JERUSALEM (May. 18)
The Israel Cabinet last night heard a report by Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett on the visit to Israel of Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, a Cabinet spokesman revealed today.
The spokesman refused to make known any details of Mr. Sharett’s statement and refused to comment on press reports that Mr. Dulles had demanded that Israel should not transfer its Foreign Ministry offices to Jerusalem. The spokesman also revealed that when Mr. Dulles visited President Ben Zvi he gave him a personal letter from President Eisenhower. In the letter, made public today, President Eisenhower declared:
“I am most anxious, and I feel sure you must share my concern, that the tensions presently existing between your country and the neighboring Arab states be overcome so that real peace may return to the Near East. I need hardly point out to you the urgency of this task or the danger that threatens the Near East from forces outside that area. The development of the entire region and the betterment of the lot of all living there depend upon the achievement of this goal.
“I am confident that you and your countrymen will exert every possible effort to achieve this peace. I am likewise confident that the feeling of friendship and good will which has so happily existed between our two governments since the formation of Israel, more than five years ago, will continue in full tide in the future.”