UNITED NATIONS (Jul. 30)
Israel has decided that it will not apply for United Nations Development Program assistance after the present development cycle ends in Dec. 1976.
Israeli Ambassador Yosef Tekoah said the major factor in the decision is that Israel is aware that during the 1977-1981 period more of UNDP’s resources must be allocated to the less economically advanced developing countries in view of their increasing development assistance needs.
At the beginning of this year Israel received assistance of $5 million from UNDP although the Arabs had launched an organized attack on Israel claiming that it did not deserve the assistance because Israel was not a developing country.
Israel maintains that it still considers itself “a developing country” facing enormous development tasks, and says that it will intensify its relations with UNDP.