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Jewish Agency Director Appeals for Greater Immigration from U.S.

Israel’s direst need for the preservation of the State is increased immigration of highly qualified Jews from the Anglo-Saxon countries, trained in sophisticated industrial and technological know-how, S.Z. Shragai, of Jerusalem, director of the Jewish Agency’s immigration department, told a press conference here today.

He noted that, while Jewish immigration from the United States rose from about 50 in 1957 to 2,000 last year, the number is far from satisfactory. Israel, he said, needs more settlers from lands with high cultural development to help step up its industrial, scientific and technological growth at an increased rate. The Jewish Agency, he reported, is making every effort to help acclimatize immigrants from the Anglo-Saxon countries, including the United States.