JERUSALEM, June 29, 1967 (UPI) - The Israeli defense minister announced that beginning today there will be no restriction of movement between the former Israeli and Jordanian sectors of the city. In other words, Jews were enabled to visit the Old City and Arabs the new for the first time since the 1948 Israeli War of Independence.
Israeli currency was made the only legal tender in the city. Jordanian inhabitants of the Old City were given three days in which to cash their dinars at a rate they considered inadequate.
An administrative order by the Interior ministry enlarged Israeli Jerusalem from 10,000 to 17,500 acres. The area took in the whole of the Old City and a large amount of surrounding land.
The new limits sweep to within 500 yards of Christ's birthplace at Bethlehem in the south, and take in Kalandia Airport to the north.
In other developments:
The head of the Jewish agency Arye Pincus announced a new drive to attract immigrants from the "affluent countries" to bolster Israel's relatively tiny population. Pincus said a
planning group would be formed to arrange for the absorption of 20,000 immigrants. The reference to affluent nations implied that Israel was only seeking newcomers with skills.
The Israeli army accused King Hussein of planning the destruction of Israel border settlements and the extermination of their inhabitants. A spokesman said captured documents showed Jordanian brigades were allocated specific targets for destruction.
According to the spokesman, one such order read "the brigade reserve battalion will raid the Motza Settlement near Jerusalem will destroy it and kill all of its inhabitants upon receiving the code word 'Haddad' from the brigade headquarters."