LONDON (Dec. 16)
British Jewry was urged to rally behind Israel during the coming year to keep that nation’s vital humanitarian and social programs from collapsing under the burden of unprecedented security needs. Michael M. Sacher, newly elected chairman of the Joint Palestine Appeal, stressed the urgency of maintaining Israel’s social services, medical aid, education and welfare while the country spent 20 percent of its gross national product on defense. That compares to only 10 percent spent by the United States and much less by Britain, he said. Mr. Sachar presided at the JPA’s dinner opening the 1969 campaign. Pledges totalling $3.3 million were made at the dinner which was addressed by Israel’s Foreign Minister Abba S. Eban.