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Agency Official Reports Nearly Thousand Israeli Emigrants Have Returned in Year

The director-general of the Jewish Agency said yesterday that nearly 1,000 “yordim” – Israelis who emigrated from the country – returned during 1968. Moshe Rivlin, speaking at a meeting of the Israel Youth Parliament, said that during 20 years of statehood, between 150,000 and 180,000 Israelis left the country permanently, but in the same period, 1.3 million immigrants arrived. Gen. Uzzi Narkiss, director of the Jewish Agency’s immigration department, said that Israel will welcome home any emigrants who want to return.