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Ben Gurion Tells Knesset He Considers Syrian Attacks “an Act of War”

Prime Minister David Ben Gurion reiterated today that recent Syrian attacks were considered “an act if war” but he refused to be drawn into a public declaration of the Government’s intentions should the attacks continue.

The Prime Minister took that position in replying to two motions in Knesset for a debate on the Syrian attacks and on the security situation on Israel’s northern border. The motions were offered by the left-wing Achdut Avodah and the right-wing Herut. The two parties agreed, after the Prime Minister’s statement, to refer the subject to the Knesset Committee on Security and Foreign Affairs.

The session opened with a ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights during which a special Presidential message was read by the Speaker. Pinchas Rosen, the Minister of Justice, spoke on the significance of the declaration. It was announced that a special Israel stamp to mark the event was being placed on sale today.

(The new Israeli postage stamp issued in honor of the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was distributed today by the Israel delegation at the United Nations at a special commemorative meeting of the UN General Assembly. The stamp, bearing the inscription in Hebrew “Thou Shalt Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself,” also carried this Biblical quotation in the five official languages of the United Nations.)

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