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65 YEARS AGO

On June 6, 1951, The Jerusalem Post re­ported that Arabs on the east­ern bank of the Jor­dan had started work­ing on the land along the river. In some places they had ir­ri­gated the land and were ap­par­ently pre­par­ing to sow a sum­mer crop in the area. No such peace­ful sign had been ob­served in this area be­fore and this could be a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment.

Is­raeli earth-re­mov­ing ma­chines con­tin­ued their work along the Jor­dan River bank south of Lake Hula. Small herds of Syr­ian cat­tle ap­peared on the east­ern bank, just a short dis­tance away, but ev­ery­thing was quiet.

Amend­ments to the Military Ser­vice Act, widen­ing the scope of the Army’s pow­ers of con­scrip­tion, were in­tro­duced in the Knes­set by act­ing de­fense min­is­ter Moshe Sharett. (1) Draftees for the reg­u­lar army were to be called for med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion at the age of 17 in­stead of 18. (2) Draftees were to be given psy­cho-tech­ni­cal as well as med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion. (3) Doc­tors and bac­te­ri­ol­o­gists were to be drafted for the reg­u­lar army and re­serves un­der spe­cial con­di­tions. (4) The new con­di­tions were an­nounced for ser­vice in the re­serves.

UN ob­servers vis­ited Arabs trans­ferred from the de­mil­i­ta­rized zone on the Is­raeli-Syr­ian bor­der. The La­bor Min­istry had al­lo­cated a spe­cial sum for pub­lic works to give em­ploy­ment to these Arabs.

New vot­ers’ lists were ex­hib­ited through­out the coun­try and the Knes­set was about to de­cide whether to post­pone elec­tions, sched­uled for July 30, 1951.

Swe­den had lodged a sec­ond protest against Egypt’s re­stric­tions on for­eign ship­ping through the Suez Canal, in­tro­duced to con­trol and stop ex­ports to Is­rael.

50 YEARS AGO

On June 6, 1966, The Jerusalem Post re­ported that prime min­is­ter Levi Eshkol ar­rived in Leopoldville from Liberia on the third leg of his visit to seven African states. It was the first of­fi­cial visit by the head of the govern­ment since the Congo army coup the pre­vi­ous month.

Syr­ian po­si­tions opened fire from au­to­matic weapons at a group of Is­raeli work­ers in the Ashmora sec­tor. The fire was re­turned and lasted sev­eral hours. Is­rael lodged a com­plaint with the UN Mixed Is­rael-Syr­ian Armistice Com­mis­sion.

The cabi­net de­cided that if Haifa port dock­ers failed to re­sume nor­mal work dur­ing that week, the govern­ment would take “fur­ther mea­sures as de­manded by its pow­ers and re­spon­si­bil­ity.” It also de­cided that “the govern­ment was do­ing and would con­tinue to do its ut­most for the max­i­mum op­er­a­tion of Mediter­ranean ports” – namely Tel Aviv and Ash­dod ports – to min­i­mize dam­age to the econ­omy caused by the dock­ers’ go slow strike. The cabi­net is­sued a call to the steve­dores to re­sume full work with­out de­lay, and to dis­play a sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity for the needs of the state and econ­omy.

25 YEARS AGO

On June 6, 1991, The Jerusalem Post re­ported that For­eign Min­istry of­fi­cials were up­set by for­eign min­is­ter David Levy’s de­ci­sion to order the min­istry to re­ject some of the state comptroller’s find­ings about the trou­bled em­bassy in Paris, headed by am­bas­sador Ova­dia Sofer.

Is­raeli of­fi­cials told the Post that Is­rael would soon be lift­ing key el­e­ments of its sanc­tions pol­icy against South Africa and that South African pres­i­dent F.W. de Klerk would visit Is­rael within six months.

– Alexander Zvielli

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