TEL AVIV (Feb. 12)
“I am leaving for the United States and Canada convinced that the Jews in those countries will meet our present needs,” Mrs. Golda Meir, Israel’s Foreign Minister, declared here today prior to her boarding a plane which will bring her to New York tomorrow.
Mrs. Meir said she intends to remain a month in the United States during which she will address meetings for the United Jewish Appeal and the Israel bond campaign. She will also speak in a number of cities in Canada. The primary purpose of her visit is to make the Jews of the United States and Canada aware of their responsibilities to give maximum aid for the settlement in Israel of Jews from Rumania who are now arriving in large numbers.
Meanwhile, plans were made here today to divert immigrant medical students to related fields because of the saturation of the medical profession in the country. The plans were approved at a joint meeting of Israel health and education officials and experts on the absorption of professionals, held at the Hebrew University. It was reported at the meeting that students arriving from Rumania have brought information that large numbers of Jews are enrolled in medical schools in Rumanian universities and that the numbers of such students in the present immigration to Israel undoubtedly will increase.
Concern was expressed at today’s meeting of the future of students currently enrolled in medical schools in Israel and some 350 Israelis studying medicine abroad. Participants at the meeting agreed that the careers and prospects of immigrant students would be jeopardized unless they were diverted to fields with brighter outlook such as geologists, nurses, X-ray laboratory assistants and other related spheres.