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Israel Minister Stresses Similarity in American and Israel Ideals

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Similarities in the development and ideals of the American and Israeli republics were stressed here last night by Pinchas Lavon, Israeli Minister without portfolio, speaking at a dinner givenby the Israeli-American Friendship League to mark the American Independence Day.

Mr. Lavon declared that Israel-American friendship was “no temporary episode” but was a deep rooted development and was a “merging of common feeling for democracy.” He also emphasized that the United States had become one nation through the integration of various cultures and languages, a process that Israel was now undergoing.

Francis H. Russell, U.S. Charge d’Affaires in Tel Aviv, who replied to Mr. Lavon, spoke of American efforts to bring about an Israel-Arab peace. He said that the U.S. does not favor Israel over the Arabs nor the Arabs over Israel, but it would give Israel “warm support” in her efforts in cooperation with the Arab states to solve the problem of peace.

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