Locker Received by Argentine Foreign Minister; Discusses Israel

Berl Locker, Jewish Agency co-chairman, was received today by Argentine Foreign Minister Dr. Jeronimo Remorino.

During the audience, Mr. Locker expressed his appreciation at seeing the Argentine Jewish community enjoying all political, economic and cultural freedoms. He also expressed his pleasure at the warmth of Argentine-Israeli relations. In reply, Dr. Remorino praised Argentine Jewry’s contributions to this country’s welfare and spoke of his warm feelings toward Israel.

At a press conference later, Mr. Locker spoke of Israel’s development and of the Jewish Agency’s role in that process, noting that the Agency had established 400 colonies in six years in Israel and had settled 28,000 families in these new communities. He said that the Agency hopes to bring 30,000 North African Jews to Israel next year and reported that it costs some $2,500 to settle an immigrant. He reported Israel’s disquiet over the possibility of Egypt using its newly-acquired Suez bases to make war on the Jewish State and stressed that “the Arabs know Israel will not attack them.”

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