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Israeli Cabinet Sets $11 Million for Civil Defense; Four Times Previous Sum

The Cabinet today announced a civil defense allocation amounting to $11 million for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 1968. The sum represents a four-fold increase over last year’s allocation of $2.8 million. The money will be used to build new bomb shelters and other civil defense installations. A similar sum is anticipated for fiscal year 1969.

Foreign Minister Abba Eban told the Cabinet today that Prime Minister Eshkol’s visit to the United States has been a success and has strengthened the friendly ties between that great power and Israel, both of which are determined to work for peace in the Middle East. The Foreign Minister said that Mr. Eshkol will report in detail on his American trip when he returns to Israel.

Referring to the exchange of letters between President de Gaulle of France and Israel’s former Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, Mr. Eban said that de Gaulle’s attitude as expressed to Mr. Ben-Gurion in a letter dated Dec. 31 showed no change from his press conference remarks of last November 27 when he branded Israel an aggressor nation bent on expansion.

Defense Minister Moshe Dayan reviewed the security situation and the latest acts of terrorism and sabotage, including the blowing up of an oil storage tank near Eilat last night.

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