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Ben Gurion Pledges Observance of Sabbath by Government Departments

Premier David Ben Gurion pledged today that where the security of the state is not involved government departments will observe the Sabbath to keep from offending religious citizens of Israel.

In response to a query in Parliament on why the pipeline installations to receive the first tanker cargo of oil at Elath had to be completed on the Sabbath, rather than waiting for the following day, the Premier insisted that a delay would have meant “extensive loss. ” He promised that instructions would go out to all government departments to observe the Sabbath in their activities.