JERUSALEM (Jun. 1)
Dr. Zerach Warhaftig, Minister for Religious Affairs, has rejected Arab-inspired criticism at the United Nations of Israel’s stewardship of the Holy Places in East Jerusalem. The leader of the National Religious Party also strongly defended the archaeological excavations around the Wailing Wall which Orthodox elements had once bitterly opposed. Speaking yesterday in the Knesset, Dr. Warhaftig said access to the Holy Places of all faiths has never been as free and secure as it is since Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967.