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Israelis Gratified by Poher’s Decision to Seek Presidency

There was no official comment in Jerusalem today on the announcement that France’s Interim President Alain Poher would seek election as successor to President Charles de Gaulle, but Israelis familiar with French affairs expressed gratification.

A highly placed Israeli official said that the election of M. Poher would mean that ties between France and Israel would become even closer than they were before June, 1967 when France was the chief source of arms for Israel and there was an intense scientific, cultural and industrial cooperation between the two nations.