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Israel Parliament Resumes Session; Fight on Immigration Loan Expected

Israel’s Parliament resumed its session today after a six-week Spring recess and prepared immediately for a bitter parliamentary fight on the question of the 40 million pound compulsory loan to help finance settlement of immigrants from Eastern Europe.

On the Knesset agenda for this week are four Opposition bills calling for total deferment of the immigration loan until mass immigration, halted since April, is resumed. The compulsory loan was to have entered into effect this month but the Cabinet deferred the compulsory withholding from wages. Finance Minister Levi Eshkol warned last week that reduction or cancellation of the immigration loan would result in a sharp cut in the Israel development budget.