Eshkol Calls on Rumanian Jewish Parley to Help Double Israel’s Population

The sixth annual convention of Rumanian immigrants in Israel opened here last night and was addressed by Prime Minister Levi Eshkol who said that the nation’s “immediate and urgent goal” was to double in number the 2.5 million Jews now in Israel. He called on Rumanian Jews in Israel to assist in the ingathering of other Rumanian Jews scattered all over the world.

The convention received a message of greeting from Chief Rabbi Moshe Rosen of Rumania who called on the 425 delegates to promote Israel-Rumanian friendship and world peace. In a message of reply, the convention expressed its gratitude to the Rumanian Government for its efforts toward peace in the Middle East. Another speaker of the evening was Aryeh Pincus, chairman of the Jewish Agency, who hailed the role of Rumanian Jews in all phases of immigration, settlement and absorption. Itzhak Koren, chairman of the convention, called for “the total integration of all the tribes of Israel,” and said Rumanian Jews will build their lives together with immigrants from other communities.

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