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Jewish National Fund Announces 4-year Plan to Reclaim Nearly 30,000 Israel Acres

Jewish National Fund world chairman Jacob Tsur announced a four-year plan yesterday to reclaim nearly 30,000 acres of soil in northern Israel, plant 25 million trees in new forests and open 500 miles of roads.

JNF president Herman L. Weisman said that the American Jewish community will be asked to contribute $54 million needed to complete the project. Mr. Weisman told 1,500 delegates attending the plenary session of the JNF National Assembly here that the region earmarked for development extends from the northern tip of Israel near the sources of the Jordan River to the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee, a distance of 100 miles. He called the project “imperative for Israel’s economic and physical future.”

Dr. Milton Aron, JNF executive vice president, said that since it began activities 68 years ago, it had provided more than $300 million for afforestation and reclamation of the land of Israel.

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