JERUSALEM (Sep. 4)
The United States delegation at the International Civil Aviation Organization conference in Rome blocked Israel’s membership on the council of the organization, the Cabinet was told yesterday.
Israel Bar Yehuda, Israel’s Transport Minister, who headed the Israeli delegation to the conference, reported on the proceedings. He said that the open declaration by the American delegation of non-support for Israel’s membership influenced the negative vote of the other delegations.
Finance Minister Levi Eshkol, who was chairman of the Cabinet session as Acting Prime Minister in the absence of Mr. Ben-Gurion who is touring Scandinavian countries, said he would leave Thursday for the United States to attend a meeting of the board of governors of the World Bank.
During his three-week absence, Interior Minister Moshe Shapira will be Acting Premier. Trade Minister Pinhas Sapir will handle Mr. Eshkol’s financial duties. The Finance Minister will speak for the Israel bonds and United Jewish Appeal drives during his American visit.