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Israel Cabinet Extends Immigration-absorption Tax for Another Year

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Israel’s Cabinet, meeting at its regular weekly session here today, decided to extend for another year the special immigration-absorption tax as well as the compulsory savings plan. The latter is designed to curb inflation. Both the tax and the savings plan were to have expired next March 31.

At the same time, the Cabinet decided once again to postpone discussion of the plan to inaugurate educational television in Israel. The Parliament failed to vote on the plan last week, referring it to the Cabinet. The TV issue was postponed because both its principal advocate Education Minister Abba Eban and its principal opponent Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion were absent from today’s meeting.

Mr. Eban is in Geneva. Mr. Ben-Gurion has been in bed with a severe cold for the past 10 days, but is expected back at his office here this week. Finance Minister Levi Eshkol presided at today’s Cabinet meeting.

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