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Israelis Face Bleak Future

While the “trauma” of the Yom Kippur War has faded in Israel, “the Israelis face a future of lower incomes, higher prices and the specter of unemployment–the cost of maintaining their life-sustaining defense,” Melvin Dubinsky told the United Israel Appeal’s annual trustees meeting last Friday.

Dubinsky, who was reelected UIA chairman, observed that in the months ahead, “the Jewish people will face other vexing problems. The emigration of Jews from the USSR continues to be a major concern–decisive action must be taken–everything that can be done must be done to strengthen and encourage their quest for freedom in the Jewish homeland.”

In the United States, he noted, “the UIA serves as a bridge to the Jewish Agency for Israel for the American Jewish community. Our growing involvement was evidenced in July by the participation of the largest U.S. delegation to the annual assembly (of the Jewish Agency in Jerusalem) in the selection of a new chairman of the Executive and the development of new guidelines for our joint efforts to aid immigration and close the social gap.”