NEW YORK (Sep. 23)
Israel’s top representatives in this country, U.N. representative Aubrey S. Eban and Ambassador Eliahu Elath, today extended their nation’s greetings to the Jews of America on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah, 5710. Greetings were also extended by Dr. Nahum Goldmann on behalf of the Jewish Agency.
After reviewing the situation in which Israel finds itself in the world and in the U.N., Mr. Eban’s message stated: “Above all, we ask for strength in the coming months to win Israel’s humanitarian struggle to provide homes, work, opportunity and a constructive future for the hundreds of thousands who are coming to our shores. In this undertaking we shall continue to invite the partnership of American Jewry.”
Pointing out that the people of Israel “proudly bear” a heavy burden today whose rewards will only be apparent in the distant future, Ambassador Elath declared: “Grave political and economic hardships face the young and tiny state of Israel. The road ahead is full of unrevealed pitfalls. Huge sums of money for capital investments to increase productivity both industrially and agriculturally are needed to absorb new immigrants into Israel’s economy and develop to the full all the resources of our state. Steps have been taken to build houses, found new settlements and establish new factories.”
Dr. Nahum Goldmann, chairman of the American section of the Jewish Agency executive, declared in his Rosh Hashanah statement that “the coming year will be the real test of the solidarity of the Jewish people with Israel.” He added that “the past year has seen the establishment of solid foundations for Israel and the beginning of mass immigration. The coming year will test the responsibility of Jewish communities, above all of the American Jewish community, for strengthening Israel and for hastening the ingathering of all the Jews who want to settle in the Jewish state.”