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Ben Gurion Opens Elath-beersheba Highway; Road Cuts Through Desert

Premier David Ben Gurion today cut a ribbon and formally opened the new 155-mile Elath-Beersheba highway over which trucks will soon be carrying cargo from the southern Israeli port to the capital of the Negev and then, by railroad, to all parts of the country. The ceremony took place about 35 to 40 miles north of here.

Present at the ceremony were members of the Cabinet, including Foreign Minister Golda Meir, and foreign guests, headed by Dr. Joseph J. Schwartz, executive vice-president of the Israel Bond Organization, which raised a substantial portion of the funds utilized for the construction of the new asphalt road. Cutting through some of the most mountainous country in Israel, the road winds in and out of narrow passes and across rough-hewn plateaus.

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