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Israel Cabinet Forms Body to Relax Military Rule for Arab Areas

Israel’s Cabinet today decided to form a committee of Ministers to formulate new regulations for the military government in border areas populated by Arabs. The debate on the issue was launched at today’s Cabinet meeting by Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, speaking as Minister of Defense, and there was general agreement that some of the regulations could be relaxed where the country’s security was not in danger.

The committee, under the chairmanship of Mr. Ben-Gurion, consists of Foreign Minister Golda Meir; Finance Minister Levi Eshkol; Minister of Agriculture Moshe Dayan; Moshe Shapiro, Minister of the Interior; and former General Yigal Allon, Minister of Labor.

Mr. Allon represents Ahdut Avodah, which is committed to the complete abolition of the military government in the border areas. His party has reserved its right to support a move for cancelation of the military government if and when the subject comes before the Knesset (Parliament) for debate.

Todays Cabinet meeting approved in principle legislation to guard against fraud in regard to kashrut. Minister of Justice Dov Joseph and Zorach Warhaftig, Minister of Religious Affairs, were authorized to draw up a new bill making it an offense to label, sell or serve non-kosher products purported to be kosher.

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