TEL AVIV (Dec. 11)
Prof. Benjamin Levich, who arrived in Israel Friday with his wife, Tanya, ending a seven-year struggle to emigrate from the Soviet Union, said that his joy was mixed with sadness for the Jewish refusniks still in the USSR. Speaking from his own experience, he said, efforts on their behalf should continue because they will bring results.
Levich was welcomed by a large group which included Absorption Minister David Levi, Minister-Without Portfolio Chaim Landau, relatives and numerous other Soviet immigrants, and representatives of Tel Aviv University and the Haifa Technion. Both universities have offered posts to Levich, a Corresponding Member of the Soviet Academy of Sciences and the highest ranking Soviet scientist to apply for an exit visa.
One of the first persons Levich met in Israel was a policeman who smiled broadly at him and shook his hand. “I had a good feeling shaking the hand of a friendly policeman,” Levich said.