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Jews in Italy Express Satisfaction over Formation of New Government

Jewish circles here expressed satisfaction today over the formation yesterday of Italy’s new Government under the premiership of Amintore Fanfani. The Premier is considered by Jews here to be an impartial friend of Israel. During his premiership two years ago, Mr. Fanfani was scheduled to visit Israel, but the government crisis at that time forced him to cancel the trip. It is hoped here that Mr. Fanfani will make the trip to Israel now.

“Israel, ” the official organ of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, pointed out in an editorial today that the government of former Premier Fernando Tambroni, who was forced to resign last week, had relied on neo-fascist support for his Parliamentary majority. “For Italian Jews and for all freedom-loving citizens alike, there is no chance of prosperity, progress and peace unless all forms of autocracy are opposed and the fundamental values of a democratic state are strenuously defended. ” the editorial said.

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