Geva Newsreel 210, 1960

Prime Minister Ben Gurion Visits the Netherlands and Belgium

2 Minutes, 1960

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Directed by: Unknown
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and his wife Paula Ben-Gurion leave on an official visit to Belgium and the Netherlands. In Belgium they meet with Queen-Mother Elisabeth of Belgium for lunch in her palace. The Prime Minister and the Israeli Ambassador to Belgium, Amiel Najar, meet with Belgian Prime Minister Gaston Eyskens, who holds a dinner in honor of Ben Gurion and welcomes the Israel-Congo cooperation. Afterwards, the Prime Minister meets with Belgian Foreign Minister Pierre Wigny to discuss issues related to Israels integration into the European market. He gives the minister a decorated Bible. At the royal palace in Brussels, Ben-Gurion meets with Baudouin King of Belgium. The couple then lands at the airport outside the capital of The Hague, where they are greeted by Dutch Foreign Minister Joseph Luns. In the royal Soestdijk Palace near Utrecht, the Prime Minister meets with Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. At the Carlton Hotel in Amsterdam, Foreign Minister Luns holds a festive reception in honor of Prime Minister and his wife. Lastly, Ben Gurion visits Amsterdams Portuguese Synagogue, accompanied by members of the Jewish community. A large crowd greets the Prime Minister and within the synagogue, a prayer is said.

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