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Friendship with U.S. Remains Israel’s Basic Policy, Says Sharett

Friendship and mutual understanding with the United States remains the “cornerstone of our foreign policy,” Premier Moshe Sharett declared here last night in the Knesset. Mr. Sharett’s foreign policy was approved by a vote today of 66 against 17.

The Premier expressed pleasure at Israel’s friendship with France and saw good prospects of a closer relationship with Britain. Mr. Sharett reported that Israel and France had concluded an agreement for “cooperation in atomic research for peaceful purposes.” He also expressed “confidence” in Israel relations with Turkey, Canada and Latin American states, as well as with Burma.

He assured the House that the government would continue to press for the Soviet Union to give Israel-bound immigrants freedom to leave the USSR. He noted the determination of the government to strengthen Israel’s security and to take in immigrants from countries where they cannot live in safety. In the tasks of building Israel, absorbing immigrants and erecting security safeguards, he stressed the importance of the loyal assistance of world Jewry.