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Eshkol Rejects Kollek Charges of Bureaucratic Delay in East Jerusalem Projects

March 5, 1968
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Prime Minister Eshkol in the Knesset (Parliament) today rejected charges by Mayor Teddy Kollek of Jerusalem that bureaucratic obstruction in Government offices there was delaying urgently needed assistance in housing and employment for East Jerusalem residents.

Mr. Eshkol spoke in reply to two agenda motions by opposition party members – V. Shemtov of Mapam and S. Z. Abramov of Gahal (Herut-Liberal alignment) – which repeated Mayor Kollek’s criticism and suggested the establishment of a special body for Jerusalem affairs. Their suggestion was referred to the Knesset committee on internal affairs which will report back to the house. Mr. Eshkol enumerated Government activities for the benefit of East Jerusalem residents such as improved health, education and welfare services, the improvement of trade and providing jobs. He said that Mayor Kollek, as a member of the Government office in Jerusalem, could have voiced his complaints directly.

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