Israel Calls for Destruction of Nuclear Weapons in Note to Khrushchev

Israel called for the destruction of stocks of all nuclear weapons in a note by Premier David Ben Gurion to Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev, it was learned here today. This view was expressed in a note handed the Kremlin by Joseph Avidar, Israel’s Ambassador in Moscow, last Friday in reply to a communication from Mr. Khruschev April 4.

Agreeing with the Soviet Premier on the dangers of the arms race, nuclear armaments and testing of atomic and hydrogen bombs, the Ben Gurion note called for a permanent end to A-bomb and H-bomb tests. Noting that the Jewish people had lost six million dead in the last war, Mr. Ben Gurion said no nation in the world was more interested than Israel in securing world peace. Although Israel is a “small and modest” country, be continued, it will do everything possible to eliminate the “nightmare of atomic and hydrogen war and secure world order and peace.”

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