Israel's new Prime Minister, Mrs. Golda Meir, opened East Jerusalem's newest housing project on Wednesday?
GV Building site on Eshkol Heights (2 shots)
LV People at ceremony, on dais L TO R Mr. Tanne, Mr. Ben Toy, Mrs. Keir, Mayor Kollek (speaking) and Mrs. Eshkol
CU Mrs. Eshkol
SV Tanne, Ben Tov and Mrs. Meir
CU Tat-Aloof Motta Gur in audience
SV Audience with Motta Gur in F/G
SV & CU Mrs. Meir speaks
SV Audience applauding
SV Mrs. Eshkol receives street name replica (2 shots)
SV Mrs. Meir unveils street name
CU Street sign "Levi Eshkol Boulevard"
SV Mrs. Eshkol cuts ribbon across street
SV PAN Flags and children
SV Mrs. Eshkol with Mrs. Meir
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Background: Israel's new Prime Minister, Mrs. Golda Meir, opened East Jerusalem's newest housing project on Wednesday (14 May).
The housing scheme is called the 'Eshkol Heights' (Ramot Eshkol is the Hebrew name). It is named after Levi Eshkol, the Israeli Premier who died earlier this year. His widow was among those present at the ceremony to cut the tape and inaugurate the project.
It will link the last houses in the formerly 'Jewish' Jerusalem to Mount Scopus, the spot where the Hebrew University had its campus from the days of the cornerstone laying in 1919 until 1948, when Scopus was separated from the rest of the Jewish city.
Both Israelis and newcomers to the country will move into the houses on the estate and there is already a long waiting list for apartments. Workers from both Arab and Jewish communities work side by side without apparent friction. One Arab even asked a cameraman at the ceremony to take a shot to illustrate this working harmony.
Many of Israeli's V.I.P.'s were present at the opening of this, the largest and most rapidly constructed scheme in Jerusalem Teddy Kollek, Mayor of Jerusalem and Mr. Tanne, head of the Housing Ministry, accompanied Mrs. Meir and Mrs. Eshkol round the site, where, as well as cutting inauguration ribbons, Mrs. Eshkol was presented with a replica of the street sign bearing her late husband's name. For another member of the audience, too the occasion was a particularly memorable one: Brigadier Tat-Aloof Motta Gur, the Parachute Unit officer who led Israeli troops back into the Old City in 1967.