JERUSALEM (Dec. 21)
The younger generation of Israeli politicians is promoting internal immigration from the center of the country to outlying development towns in the hope that this will encourage young Jews from abroad to immigrate to Israel and settle in the towns.
That challenge was presented at a meeting in Kiryat Gat of the younger members of the various political parties, sponsored by the Zionist Council. Yerah Glatter, Mayor of Yeroham, said at the meeting that Israeli leaders and leaders of world Jewry know very little about the development towns and therefore they are not on the immigration map.
According to Arye Zimuki, chairman of the Zionist Council, the main problem of the development towns is their negative false image. He urged Jewish and Zionist organizations to correct this. Zeev Baum, acting mayor of Kiryat Gat said there are some 140 immigrant families in the local absorption center.