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About 120,000 Americans visited Israel during the first five months of 1978, representing a 20 per cent increase over the same period of 1977, it was announced here by Israel Zuriel, Israel’s Commissioner for Tourism to the United States and Canada. During this period traffic from all countries increased 17 per cent, auguring another major year for Israel’s tourism industry, following on the record one million tourists who vacationed in the country in 1977, Zuriel said. Tourism is a major source of foreign currency income for Israel.