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Calm Prevails in Israel; Tourists Seek Extensions of Their Visits

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Israel is calm in the midst of the Middle East crisis. While all here, including tourists, are watching the situation as it is reported in the press and on the radio, there is an absolute lack of excitement or concern, the population apparently being certain that the Government is handling the situation competently.

Tourists are staying on and, in fact, there were reports from travel agencies here and in Tel Aviv today that some tourists have ordered extensions of their scheduled visits, Of 1,600 foreign youths who are here as part of a Jewish Agency youth study tour, only one received a request from his parents back home to leave–and this youth stated he has notified his parents that he prefers to remain here for the duration of his tour. Seven hundred of the youths are from the United States, the others having come from Canada, England, France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland and Scandinavia.

An indication of the calmness of the atmosphere is the fact that a capacity audience of 3,000 jammed the concert hall of the Tenth Anniversary Exhibition here. The crowd had come to hear–and to applaud–the opera Tosca, giving tremendous ovations to the star, American Richard Tucker, and to the conductor, Dimitri Mitropoulos.

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