MEXICO CITY (Sep. 4)
Premier Menachem Begin of Israel last night saluted the Israel Bond Organization on the opening here of its 30th anniversary conference and in his message cited Israel’s difficult transition period” in the economic sphere. The message was delivered to 400 delegates from the U.S. and Canada attending the three-day International Leadership Conference of Israel Bonds.
The Israeli Premier pointed to the “severe austerity measures” taken by Israel to combat inflation as the peace accord with Egypt intensified the economic challenge before it. “Our economic burdens are enormous because we have made great sacrifices for peace,” Begin said.
The goals of the conference were underlined by Bond president Sam Rothberg who told the delegates they would be considering the partnership role of the Jewish communities in the free world in Israel’s economic endeavors during the 1980s.
The conference takes place a week before the Jewish New Year when synagogues throughout the U.S. and Canada are to hold a special Shomrei Yerushalayim (Guardians of Jerusalem) Bond drive. The campaign focuses on a special $1000 Bond purchase and is taking place in congregations of the Orthodox, Reform and Conservative movements.