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President of American J. N. F. Hails Agreement on Israel Land Authority

Dr. Harris J. Levine, president of the Jewish National Fund of America, today hailed the ratification by the Zionist Actions Committee of an agreement setting up an Israel Land Authority providing for the joint management of all Israel Government-controlled and Jewish National Fund-owned land, as “a turning point in Israel’s war on the desert–one that opens new vistas for the transformation of large tracts of rock-strewn wilderness and mountains into fruitful soil, capable of sustaining an ever growing Jewish population.”

He announced that Moshe Sharett, Israel’s former Premier, in his address at the forthcoming JNF national assembly in New York next month, will spell out the plan in all its important details. Commenting on the effect the Land Authority will have on the status of the Jewish National Fund, he said: “We note with special satisfaction that while the closer union with the Government of Israel will no doubt bring the JNF a greater degree of prestige throughout the Jewish world, the ownership of the Jewish National Fund land, together with the JNF autonomy in raising and distributing its funds and in the conduct of its educational activities, remain unaltered and unimpaired.”