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Israel Can Overcome Its Economic Difficulties with Aid from U.S. Jews. Maimon Says

Israel can easily solve its economic difficulties if the necessary normal aid is forthcoming,” Rabbi Judah L. Maimon, Israel Minister of Religions, declared here last night. “It is only from the Jews of America, who played such a decisive role in the establishment of the state that such mass support can be expected,” he added.

Speaking at a banquet in his honor under the auspices of the Mizrachi Organization of America, the Minister asserted that “such mass support can prevent all the dangers and hardships which now arise from the economic insecurity which confronts Israel.”

On the issue of religious freedom he told the 1,200 persons at the affair that there has “never been a better and more sound relationship” among the various religious groups and denominations in Israel than there is today. “There is complete and perfect religious freedom in the Jewish state,” he insisted.

Rabbi Maimon called upon the American Mizrachi movement “for even greater and more intensive efforts to help maintain and expand the Mizrachi educational and social service projects in Israel.” He also urged the American Jewish community, as partners in the creation of the state of Israel, to exert maximum energies to help make the impending bond drive a success.