83,614 Tourists Visited Israel Last Year; 43 Percent Americans

Forth-three percent of the 83,614 tourists who visited Israel in 1959 were Americans, according to official figures revealed today. The 1959 total represented a sharp increase over that for 1958 which was under 70, 000. Frenchmen and Britons were next in number among the tourists, each group amounting to about 10 percent of the total, Germans and Canadians amounted to about four percent each.

Seven thousand Israelis left the country during the year after making official declaration that they intended to settle abroad permanently. They included 1, 244 natives of the country and 972 persons who settled in Palestine prior to the establishment of Israel in 1948. Of the emigrants, about 4, 000 planned to make their homes in the United States, 953 in Canada, and 161 in Brazil.

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