Israel Cabinet Discusses Egyptian Attacks, Adopts Emergency Decisions

The Israel Cabinet today discussed the renewed fighting on the Israel-Egyptian frontier and adopted a number of decisions relating to it after hearing reports by Premier David Ben Gurion and Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett.

Among the decisions adopted are the following measures 1. To issue emergency regulations empowering the Defense Minister to requisition equipment for special service; 2. To request an early session of Parliament, which is in recess, to pass legislation authorizing a new 50,000,000 pound tax for the purchase of arms, 3. To authorize the Minister of Interior to order all persons over the age of 15 to carry identity cards.

Acting upon instructions from the State Department, United States Ambassador Edward B. Lawson called on Foreign Minister Sharett in connection with the renewed fighting along the Gaza strip. No details of their talk were revealed, and it was merely stated that they had conferred on “current matters.”

Premier Ben Gurion, addressing commencement exercises at the Hebrew University this week-end, told the 462 graduates–who included 132 women-that “the voice of science and learning with never be silenced by the thundering of guns.” Among the graduates were Raken Tsabari, the first Yemenite woman member of the Israel Parliament.

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