JERUSALEM (Jun. 28)
A delegation of 35 leaders of the Israel Bond Organization arrived today in Israel, and pledged to raise some $100, million to relieve the economic strain that has resulted from the war in Lebanon.
The delegation, which is headed by the organization’s general chairman, Sam Rothberg, comprises Jewish leaders from 24 communities in the United States, Canada and Western Europe. It will meet with Premier Menachem Begin, Finance Minister Yoram Aridor and other government leaders.
Rothberg reported that Israeli Bonds has undertaken its special fundraising effort at the request of the Israeli Government. He pointed out that the people of Israel are being called on to assume additional financial burdens in the form of new taxes as a consequence of the Lebanon operation.
The $100 million effort was launched at a luncheon with Begin in New York on June 18, which was attended by 1,800 North American Jewish leaders. The project, known as the Emergency Development for Peace Campaign, will continue during the summer months through the High Holy Days in September.