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Merger of J. N. F. and Keren Hayesod Committees in Israel Effected

The merger of the local committees of the Jewish National Fund and the Keren Hayesod, fund-raising arm of the Zionist movement, took place here last night. The amalgamation of the two groups in Israel carried out a resolution to this effect passed at the last World Zionist Congress.

Present at the public function in the Frederick Mann Auditorium here were many leading Israeli figures including Speaker of the Knesset Joseph Sprinzak and Minister of Finance Levi Eshkol. President Ben Zvi sent his regrets because a chill kept him at home. Mr. Eshkol noted that the merger came at a time when the Israel Government and the Jewish Agency were uniting to the greatest possible extent to insure the acceptance and absorption of 3,000,000 Jewish immigrants and the development of the Negev.