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September 4, 2006 08:03
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65 years ago On September 4, 1941, The Palestine Post reported that the Soviet Marshal Voroshilov had taken charge of the Leningrad defense. The joint British-Soviet military administration of Iran told the Shah and his government that all German nationals must be ordered to leave the country immediately. At their recent meeting Hitler urged Mussolini to send more troops to the Soviet front and to Libya in order to reinforce the latest German offensive in the Western Desert. According to the terms of the Acre agreement, General Henri Dentz and other former French Vichy-loyal officials, some of whom had been interned by the Allied forces in Lebanon and Syria, were brought to Egypt for their repatriation to France. The US was asked to step up industrial output. 50 years ago On September 4, 1956, The Jerusalem Post reported that after the third meeting held in Cairo between President Nasser and the Australian Prime Minister, Robert Menzies, the Chairman of the five-member international committee on the management of the Suez Canal, there was still some hope that a compromise formula could be found. Nasser, however, threatened to stop all further deliberations unless France and Britain abandoned their threat of a military intervention. The US continued to press for the recognition of Egyptian rights in the Suez Canal zone, and for a peaceful solution to the conflict. There were renewed Sabbath transport disturbances in Jerusalem, linked to the exclusion of the Orthodox representatives from the Jerusalem Municipal Council and the formation of a new coalition, headed by the Mayor, Gershon Agron, (founder and editor of the Post). Agron voted for and supported the Council's decision to allow the building of a new Reform Archaeological Institute and School in the city, a facility in which Reform religious services were expected to be held. 25 years ago On September 4, 1981, The Jerusalem Post published a photo of the disputed archaeological excavations of area G in the City of David in Jerusalem, pointing out that the objections to the site, alleged by the religious parties to be an ancient cemetery, related only to the very fringe of the currently excavated area. The fate of the recently announced, widely published and ambitious government road safety plans were again endangered by the expected national budget cuts. The Post published a special JNF supplement marking the organization's 80th anniversary -1901-1981. - Alexander Zvielli

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