NEW YORK (Jan. 27)
Simcha Pratt, Consul General of Israel, and Jacques Baeyens, Consul General of France, were honored last night at a dinner here of the Jewish National Fund. The French diplomat was presented with a JNF Citatinn of Merit hailing Franco-Israel friendship.
Mr. Pratt, in his address extolled the work of the Jewish National Fund as “one of the greatest instruments for the upbuilding of the State of Israel.” Turning to his French colleague, he said “Israel will never forget the aid it received from France during its hour of peril in the conduct of the Sinai operation against Egypt.”
M. Baeyens, accepting the citation said: “France saw the justice of Israelis side in the defensive action of Sinai against Egypt and it is no wonder that France has acted accordingly and said so publicly at the General Assembly of the United Nations.” He recalled that “the French Revolution set the stage for the emancipation of the Jews from age-old restrictions and for the full equality of the Jew as a citizen.”