Histadrut Leader Reports in U.S. on Israel’s Economic Progress

The economic progress of the State of Israel in the past year is due in great measure to the close cooperation of the Israel Government and the labor movement, Yitzchak Haskin, treasurer of the Histadrut, told a meeting of Histadrut campaign workers here. Mr. Haskin, who returns to Israel Sunday, spent a month in this country and Mexico.

He reported that the Histadrut had taken responsibility for a number of specific goals, including: increased industrial productivity, irrigation of large tracts of arid land and the founding of cooperatives for the purpose of creating jobs. He stressed the Histadrut’s projects in the Negev, including cultural work as well as industrial and agricultural projects.

Mr. Haskin disclosed that the Histadrut had a 9,500,000 pound fund for combatting unemployment and had managed to cut jobless rolls from 26,000 to 11,000. In a review of Israel’s economic progress, he emphasized that during the past year Israel produced half of all it ate, as against 17 percent of the total for earlier years.

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