NEW YORK (Oct. 22)
Everyday life in Israel continues despite the, war with no shortages in manpower, food nor anything else, Israeli Labor Minister Yosef Almogi said Saturday. Speaking at a press conference at the Israeli Consulate here, he did note there were slight difficulties with the “means of transportation.” He stressed that Israel continued to export its products despite the war but there were some “shipping problems” because some shipping companies are afraid to come to Israel.
Almogi, here enroute to South America to raise funds for Israel, noted that Israel expects to raise $1.5 billion from world Jewry with about $700 million coming from the American Jewish community. Almogi dismissed reports in the U.S. that Israel was seeking to recruit American pilots for $5000 a month. “Not only don’t we wish any foreign soldiers,” he said, “we simply don’t need them.”
Answering a question about U.S. assistance to Israel, Almogi said, “All of us in Israel are very grateful to America, to the Administration and to the President.” He pointed out that so far the war has cost Israel $3 billion and the $2.2 billion President Nixon is seeking from Congress for aid to Israel will cover only part of the expense. Almogi said Syria and Egypt had such a mass of armor on the Israel borders when they attacked that never before had there been so many soldiers and tanks in such a small area.