JERUSALEM (Oct. 5)
The Israel-Soviet agreement, providing for the purchase of Soviet properties here by the Israel Government, will be signed this week in Jerusalem by Soviet Ambassador Mikhail Bodrov and Foreign Minister Golda Meir. The purchase, which involves $4,500,000, will be paid for by Israel with one-third in cash, and the remainder in kind, mostly with citrus shipments. Ambassador Bodrov informed Mrs. Meir today that his Government was willing to have the agreement signed in “Israel’s capital.”
At Tel Aviv last night, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, opening its season, paid tribute to Ambassador Bodrov in a special program note for helping to break Russia’s boycott against the orchestra. As a result of the recent cultural exchange agreement signed between the two countries, Soviet soloists and a conductor will, for the first time, appear with the Philharmonic this season. In return, Israeli artists have been scheduled for appearances in the Soviet Union. Mr. Bodrov was instrumental in arranging the cultural pact.