TEL AVIV (Jan. 27)
A 17-member French parliamentary delegation arrived here today for an 11-day visit as guest of the Knesset of Israel. Alighting from the plane, Henri La Forest, former Minister for Aviation in the Mollet Government, said the visit was another indication of France’s friendship for Israel.
The French deputies were met by a group of distinguished Israeli leaders including the four Deputy Speakers of the Israel Parliament, the heads of department of the Foreign Ministry, Israeli Ambassador to France Yaacov Tsur, French Ambassador to Israel Pierre Gilbert, and three Brigadier Generals of the Israeli armed forces.
Later in the day, the French parliamentarians were guests of a special session of the Israel Knesset. They sat among Israeli deputies and several were at the government table with members of the Cabinet. Speaker of the Knesset Joseph Sprinzak welcomed them warmly. The French deputies witnessed the formal swearing-in of Minister for Religion Moshe Shapira who did not take his oath of office when the rest of the Cabinet did because he was still recuperating from injuries suffered in a madman’s bomb attack on the Knesset.