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Visa Extension Possible for Lansky

Sources at the Interior Ministry indicated today that Israel will extend the visa of Meir Lansky, reputed American rackets Czar, which expires this month. A final decision is expected to be announced at a later date. Lansky has been living in Israel on a tourist visa for over a year. He recently told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that whether or not his visa is extended he will not return to the U.S. because, he contends, he wouldn’t get a “fair trial” there. The presence of Lansky has been something of an embarrassment to Israel. Officials at Lydda Airport recently refused admittance to a number of Americans suspected of underworld connections who came to Israel purportedly to visit Lansky.