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Eshkol Considers Creation of Ministry for Science and Research

Prime Minister Levi Eshkol suggested today, in presenting his office’s 16,500,000 pound ($5,300,000) budget, he was considering the desirability of the creation of a special Ministry for Science and Research. He reviewed the wide range of activities under way in such research in Israel and stressed the need for more research and for continuous planning for expansion in the field. He also reviewed the progress achieved in developing Arab villages.

A report by Premier Eshkol on the number of Jewish children attending Christian missionary schools in Israel was questioned today by Religious Affairs Minister Zorach Warhaftig who said the number was higher by 480 than the 900 reported by the Premier. He also said there were 29 Christian school kindergartens as against the 11 listed by the Premier. Mr. Eshkol asked the Cabinet to refrain from discussion about the figures which he admitted were hard to get in exactitude.