Work on the new Israeli Parliament building, the Knesset, was given a ceremonial send-off in Jerusalem.
Work on the new Israeli Parliament building, the Knesset, was given a ceremonial send-off in Jerusalem. October 14, when Mrs. James de Rothschild laid the foundation stone. The project had been made possible by a GBP1,200,000 legacy from her husband.
Mrs. de Rothschild, who laid a scroll in the stone, said in Hebrew: "As I lay the first stone of the Knesset, let us turn to God and pray 'that thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day.'"
At the ceremony were premier David Ben Gurion, President Ben-Zvi and the president of the Knesset, Mr. Joseph Sprinzak.
The new building is being erected on a hilltop, on one side of which is the rapidly expanding Hebrew city and on the other, about a mile away, the wall of the Old City that forms the frontier with Jordan.
The Knesset now meets in a small building in Jerusalem that was intended to be a branch of a bank.