TEL AVIV (Aug. 15)
The Public Works Department started this week construction of the road that will lead to the urban center at Pithat Raffiah which Defense Minister Moshe Dayan named “Yamit.” The road, six meters wide, will start at the main Northern Sinai road and continue northward for eight kilometers to a point near the seashore. The construction of the road, which will cost IL 2.5 million, will last six months.
Meanwhile it was learned that the construction of the 900 housing units in the Gaza Strip regional urban center will start even before the road construction will be completed. For this purpose heavy equipment will be sent to the region. Land work will start in September while the actual building will start in the middle of October.
There seems to be now more agreement between Labor Party ministers regarding Dayan’s plan for the administered areas. One of the main points of division between Dayan and Finance Minister Pinhas Sapir who was supported by several other ministers was the question of land sales to Jews in the administered areas.
A special ministerial subcommittee will start discussing each application for land acquisition by Jews in the areas. The committee will start activities even before the Oct. elections. Meanwhile, Premier Golda Meir is preparing a paper on the question of activities in the administered areas. It seems now that a general agreement has been reached on all points and when the final paper is accepted Rabi members in the Labor Party will call off their boycott on participation in the election campaign which already is under way. The general agreement has avoided a pre-election rift.
The Jewish community of Chile paid tribute to the memory of the late Louis A. Pincus, chairman of the World Zionist Organization and the chairman of the Jewish Agency Executive, at a joint meeting of the Chilean Zionist Federation and the Representative Committee, the two chief Jewish organizations in Chile. Gil Sinay, president of the Representative Committee; Leon Tchimino, Zionist Federation president and Moshe Tov, Israeli Ambassador to Chile, all lauded Pincus’ memory.