JERUSALEM (Jan. 27)
Premier Moshe Sharett, in a message to the Jewish people through the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, issued late last night after he had formally presented his new cabinet to President Itzhak Ben Zvi, pledged that Israel will offer “a safe home” to every Jew who may ever need it.
“I am happy to give the Jewish people the news that there is a government in Zion commanding the confidence of a large and stable majority in the Knesset,” Mr. Sharett declared. “The new coalition government was sworn in this evening and I have had the privilege to present my colleagues to the President.
“It has been a long effort but it has borne good fruit. The former coalition has been almost completely reconstituted and there is every hope that the still missing part–the Progressives–will find it possible to take their due place in our councils.
“Our greetings go out at this solemn moment to all Jews in every country and in every corner of the world. May their solidarity and devotion never fail us in the discharge of the supreme task which Israel has undertaken. What we created here, are still trying to consolidate and are determined to defend, is destined to offer a safe home to every Jew who may ever be in need of it and to serve as the focus of the unity and pride of our entire people.”