THE HAGUE (Jun. 22)
Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion arrived at The Hague today with his wife and daughter and was greeted by a group of Netherlands officials.
“My country has feelings of sincere friendship for the Dutch people who on many occasions stretched out a helping hand to our persecuted brethren, “the Prime Minister said at the airport. He expressed the hope that his visit would contribute to a further strengthening of Israel’s happy relations with The Netherlands.
The Prime Minister, Mrs. Ben-Gurion and Israel Ambassador Chanan Cidor had lunch with the Queen and Prince Bernhard at the Soestdijk Palace. Later, Mr. Ben-Gurion was taken as a guest of the Government for an inspection tour of the delta works developed to hold back the sea. The Netherlands Cabinet gave a dinner tonight in honor of the Israel visitors. The Ben-Gurion entourage came to The Hague from Brussels where the visit to Belgium was concluded with a dinner tendered by the Israeli Prime Minister to the heads of the Belgian Government and leaders of the Belgian Jewish community.