Jewish Agency Votes 80,000,000 Israeli Pounds for Settlement Department

The Jewish Agency budget commission approved today an 80,000,000 pound allocation to the Agency’s settlement department for the next fiscal year.

Reporting to the budget commission, Israel Finance Minister Levi Eshkol said that a plan for setting up a network of settlements throughout Galilee required an investment of 400,000,000 pounds. One aspect of this program would be the consolidation of hundreds of settlements, with a total population of 32,000 men, women and children, which were founded since the establishment of the state.

Meanwhile, the Jewish Agency executive discussed a proposal for the settlement of 350 families from the United States, Britain and South Africa. Totalling some 1,500 persons, the families are organized in five settlement organizations with which the Israel Government and the Agency are negotiating the details of immigration.

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