Israel Minister Asks for American Arms at Purim Salute in New York

A warning that the western democracies will suffer “damage of historic dimensions” if action is not taken to counteract the flow of Soviet arms to the Arab nations, was sounded here last night by Dr. Joseph Burg, Minister of Posts and Communications of the Israel Government. He was addressing 5,500 persons at a Purim Salute to Israel sponsored by the Israel Bond Organization in Brooklyn.

The Israel Cabinet Minister asserted that “incalculable harm will be done if the people of the western democracies do too little too late to counteract these preparations for an attack. “He was joined in his warning by Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, who declared that helping Israel” is not just a matter of compassion, it is really a part of the whole struggle between the free world and the Communist world. “The Purim Salute brought to a climax a special citywide campaign during the month of February to raise $1,000,000 in State of Israel bond investment funds for the economic development of Israel.

Dr. Burg declared that the people of Israel are united in their determination to meet the threat to their security. He emphasized that it is the Israel Government’s “firm determination that the financial strain of the security problem should not weaken our economic development, so effectively promoted by investment in Israel bonds. We will continue to build plants, to provide work, to redeem the arid and empty spaces of the Negev because this economic progress will in the final analysis, be decisive of the dimensions of the country,” he said.

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