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Pincus Anticipates 250,000 Immigrants to Enter Israel in Five Years

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Louis Pincus, chairman of the Jewish Agency executive, said today that 250,000 immigrants will come to Israel in the next four or five years, most of them from “stress areas,” countries where Jews face discrimination. Speaking at the press club, he also said that two-thirds of those who have arrived in the past four years are still not fully absorbed in terms of homes and jobs and their children are unable to attend secondary schools.

He was critical of the attitude of Israelis toward Jews from the West who have settled in Israel or who come for brief periods of service. He said the “unfriendliness” of the native population toward such Jewish newcomers hindered their entering the social life of Israel. Reporting that the average re-emigration of Western Jews was 20 percent, he warned that unless Israelis change their attitudes, starting at the pre-school level, fewer Western immigrants may come and more may leave.

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