PRAGUE (Jul. 19)
Antonin Zapotocky, Czechoslovak: Prime Minister, today received Mordecai Oren, a member of the executive of Histadruth, Israel’s General Federation of Labor, and on behalf of the government extended “best wishes” to the Israeli Government, He added that the Israelis’ struggles are being followed “with the sympathy and full comprehension of the Czechoslovak people.”
An announcement over the week-end by Israeli Minister to Czechoslovakia Ehud Ueberall revealed that the Israeli Government is planning to fly between 600 and 800 Jewish immigrants monthly to the Jewish state by September. At present, approximately 250 Jews are flying to Israel monthly via regular Czech air schedules.
Uberall revealed that negotiations are at present under way to obtain a franchise for several twin-engined C-47’s to carry Israel-bound immigrants to Haifa via Rome and Athens. The Israeli aircraft, the Minister said, would supplement existing Czech air service to the Jewish state. The trip takes about 36 hours with an overnight stopover in Athens, where Israel-bound passengers must remain confined to their planes throughout the time they are on Greek soil.