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Israel Cabinet Discusses Compulsory Loan for Immigrant Absorption

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Israel’s financial problems involved in the program for the absorption of new immigrants were discussed here today by the Cabinet of the out going caretaker Government. Finance Minister Levi Eshkol presided at the meeting in the absence of Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, who is on vacation until after the High Holy Days.

Mr. Eshkol outlined to the Cabinet the Government’s proposal for a compulsory loan, to be imposed upon Israeli earners, for meeting the needs of the immigrant absorption program. The Cabinet decided to submit the proposal to its Ministerial Economic Committee for the formulation of details. (See page 3 for more news on funds to help absorption of new immigrants.)

Mrs, Golda Meir, Foreign Minister, reported on a number of political matters, including the agreement of friendship signed here last month between Israel and the African republic of Upper Volta. The Cabinet ratified the Upper Volta pact.

At the same time, Mrs. Meir reported about the U.N. Palestine Conciliation Commission’s decision to send Dr. Joseph E. Johnson, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, to the Middle East, as a special representative to explore means of seeking progress on the Arab refugee problem. Dr. Johnson itinerary will include not only Israel but also the United Arab Republic, Jordan and Lebanon.

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