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“atoms for Peace” Exhibit Opens in Israel; Eisenhower Sends Greetings

An “Atoms for Peace” exhibition was opened today by United States Ambassador Edward B. Lawson in the presence of members of the Israel Parliament and Israeli scientists.

President Eisenhower, in a message cabled from Washington to the opening ceremony, said: “The Israel Government’s impressive display in connection with the exhibit indicates the progress which your scientists are making, and I am glad that parallel progress is being made in even the more critical field of human understanding.

President Itzhak Ben Zvi of Israel, who was unable to attend the opening ceremony, sent greetings hailing Eisenhower’s initiative with regard to international cooperation for directing atomic energy research for peace purposes. He added that Israel has a special essential interest in the use of atomic energy since the country lacks other power resources, which has resulted in exaggerated fuel imports imposing a heavy burden on the country’s economy.

Ambassador Lawson stressed the exhibition’s aim to acquaint the people of the world with the immense potential of atomic science so they can move forward with confidence. He recalled the great contribution to atomic research made by Prof. Albert Einstein. He also stressed current atomic research cooperation between Israel and the United States and the existing agreement on research coordination between the two countries. Dr. Ernest Bergman, chairman of Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission, spoke of the atomic research achievements by Israel in the fields of medicine and industry and predicted great advances in the agricultural field.

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