NEW YORK (Dec. 18)
A prediction that at least 8,500 American and Canadian Jews will go on Aliyah to Israel in 1970 was made by Gen. Uzi Narkiss, director general of the Department of Immigration and Absorption of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Gen. Narkiss made this statement following the conclusion of a three day conference here of 29 Aliyah department emissaries in its 12 offices throughout the United States and Canada.
In 1969, General Narkiss said, the figure for American Aliyah will total some 6,000, as against some 4,300 in 1968. “The reports of the emissaries were most optimistic” Gen. Narkiss said. On the basis of their successes this year, we have every reason to believe that they will achieve in 1970 the figures that they realistically project. I would say there is a definite breakthrough in American Aliyah that is most encouraging,” he said.
The emissaries were also addressed during their conference by Gen. Itzhak, Rabin, Israel Ambassador to the U.S., Louis A. Pincus, chairman of the Jewish Agency and head of its Aliyah and Absorption Department; Rehaveam Amir, Consul General of Israel; Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg, American member of the Executive of the Jewish Agency; General Josef Geva, director of the Ministry of Absorption of Israel; and Col. Nahum Golan, director of the Israel Aliyah Center in the U.S. and Canada.