TEL AVIV (Dec. 30)
A joint Israeli Government-Jewish Agency executive meeting decided last night to send a delegation to attend the United Jewish Appeal conference which opens in Atlantic City on Jan. 12. The Israeli deputation will explain the current problems confronting Israel, particularly the question of absorbing, housing and settling newly-arriving immigrants.
In an editorial on the United Jewish Appeal, Israel’s leading newspaper, Davar, declared today: “The war in Israel continues and it is impossible to foresee when it will end, but it is clear that just as 1948 was a year of war for the establishment of the Jewish state, 1949 will be a year of great constructive effort and wide immigration.
“The tasks of building in Israel are linked with important tasks facing Jews in the Diaspora in many countries,” the editorial continued. “In some countries, the only salvation for the Jews is swift migration to Israel. The coming year will be a supreme test for the Zionist movement and for millions of Jews. First and foremost, it will be a test — both numerically and qualitatively — of Jewish strength, the Jewish community of the United States.
“The United Jewish Appeal has already shown how United States Jewry is conscious of the Yishuv’s needs and those of Israel. It knows how to fulfill these tremendous tasks. Now, after it overcame an organizational crisis, which threatened for many precious weeks to paralyze all of its activities, the U.J.A. will know how to master its entire strength and carry on the burden of great tasks which this coming year will make necessary to save Israel,” the editorial concluded.