Jewish Agency Hears First Report on Plans of Israel’s Supreme Development Authority

The first report on the activities of the Supreme Development Authority, composed of representatives of the Israel Cabinet and the Jewish Agency executive, was submitted today to a meeting of the latter body by Levi Eshkol, Agency treasurer and member of the new joint board.

The report dealt chiefly with plans approved by the joint coordinating body for the conversion of immigrant camps in Israel into workers’ camps. Under this setup the immigrants would be enabled to remain as permanent residents in the areas where they are now living as immigrants and to be supplied with jobs.

The settlement department of the Jewish Agency intends to reduce the number of persons in the immigrant camps by 15,000 within the next few days through converting some of the transit camps into permanent settlement units, it was announced here today by Zvi Herman, director of the department.

Mr. Herman emphasized that the imminent large-scale immigration from certain countries is forcing speed-up in the implementation of current plans for settlement and absorption of new immigrants prepared by the Agency. A revision of these plans will now become necessary, he said.

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