Majority of Volunteers Would Like to Stay in Israel, Survey Shows
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Majority of Volunteers Would Like to Stay in Israel, Survey Shows

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A survey carried out among 2,500 volunteers who came to Israel after the Six-Day War showed that over 60 percent have decided to remain in the Jewish State. Amichai Tzur, head of the government office for volunteers, reported today. He said that many have opted to settle permanently in kibbutzim and that others have chosen to register at universities or to stay on in their present jobs long enough to investigate the conditions for permanent settlement.

“Most volunteers are different from our Israeli youth,” Mr. Tzur added. The majority of them are individualists, he said, with whom “a common language” must be found.

He emphasized that immigration to Israel was still a basic need, even though the country “welcomed” the volunteers. “They cannot save Israel,” he said. “The volunteers always come too late.” Mr. Tzur called upon members of the Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO) to keep “open house” for the volunteers during the High Holy Days.

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