NEW YORK (Sep. 24)
Michael Arnon, the new president and chief executive officer of the Israel Bond Organization, was officially welcomed yesterday by the American Zionist Federation at a reception at the Jewish Agency headquarters attended by about 75 persons.
Rabbi Israel Miller, AZF president, in welcoming Arnon, a former Israel Consul General in New York, noted that Israel is not just a country like other nations but “it is now the Jewish State” and its civil servants are “the civil servants of the Jewish people.” He said that Jews everywhere have to be interested in helping Israel develop. “Israel is our future,” Rabbi Miller said, adding, “we invest not merely our dollars but ourselves.”
In his reply, Arnon noted that the sale of Israel Bonds will soon reach $3 billion and said that there was not a building or road in Israel in which Israel Bonds had not played at least a part in bringing into existence. He urged continuation and increased support for Israel Bonds in order to allow Israel to be strong enough to prevent war or if war becomes necessary to resist the enemy.
David Rivlin, Israeli Consul General in New York, noted that Israel must be able to meet the “awesome responsibility” of taking in Jews from the Soviet Union and the Arab countries when they are allowed to emigrate.