Ben-gurion Denounces Soviet Attacks on Israel; Reprimands Khrushchev
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Ben-gurion Denounces Soviet Attacks on Israel; Reprimands Khrushchev

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Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion today assailed the Soviet press for its attacks on the Israel Government and on him personally and for calling him a “warmonger. “

Speaking before a crowd of several thousand at an election campaign meeting in Jaffa, the Israel Premier emphasized that the Soviet attacks against him have been motivated by his concern “that Israel forces are equipped so that they can stand up to our enemies.” He then bluntly declared:

“We will not accept the Czarist slogan ‘Kromie Yevreyev’–except Jews–even from His Excellency Soviet Premier Khrushchev. Why is it permissable for Mr. Khrushchev to equip the Soviet army, Nasser’s army and Kassem’s army, while we must not arm ourselves?” Mr. Ben Gurion concluded with an offer extending the hand of peace to all nations.

Two persons were arrested today at an election campaign meeting in Kiryat Gat, in the Lachish area, for obstructing Moshe Dayan, former Israel Chief of Staff, the principal speaker. The meeting was arranged by the Mapai Party and police were called to maintain order because four earlier Mapai meetings in Kiryat Gat had been broken up by groups favoring other parties.

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