TEL AVIV (Jul. 1)
Over $400,000,000 was secured by the Zionist movement in the last four years to help some 750,000 new immigrants come to Israel, Berl Locker, co-chairman of the Jewish Agency, today told a press conference.
In a general review of the achievements and problems of the Zionist movement. Mr. Locker said that the migration and absorption of the immigrants was made possible only by the faithful aid of the Zionist movement. He revealed that 60 percent of the vegetable output of the country was now produced on settlements of recent immigrants.
He reported that the Zionist movement had only 80 representatives abroad. These men, he said, are engaged in youth and pioneering work in 17 different countries. Among the 80 are 15 specifically assigned to youth immigration work and 30 teachers. The Agency chairman said that it had been decided that “goodwill missions” would be sent to various Zionist centers to encourage cooperation with and loyalty to Israel.
The bill to grant the Jewish Agency a legal status in Israel will soon be presented to the Israel Parliament for final approval, Mr. Locker said.