JERUSALEM (Jan. 19)
The Israel Cabinet today approved the text of a reply to be sent by Premier David Ben Gurion to Soviet Premier Nikolai Bulganin who last month addressed a note to Israel.
It is understood that the Israel Premier will, in his reply, welcome part of Bulganin’s statement. A Foreign Ministry spokesman said today that the Israel Government found “great interest” in some of Bulganin’s views, especially in the stress he laid on territorial integrity of the Middle Eastern countries.
The spokesman also welcomed the call by the Soviet Premier for a worldwide cessation of hostile propaganda. He emphasized that the Israel Government believes such action is needed in the Middle East.
It was learned here today that the Soviet Government has inquired of the Government of Israel whether the new Soviet Ambassador to Israel is acceptable. The new envoy, Michael Bodorov, had served as Soviet Ambassador in Bulgaria in 1953 and at that time was Moscow’s contact man with the Israel Charge d’Affaires in Sofia for the restoration of Soviet-Israel diplomatic relations. Relations had been broken off following an explosion of a bomb in the Soviet embassy building in Tel Aviv.