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Declaration Pledges World Jewry’s Participation in Israel’s Efforts to Achieve Economic Growth

Forty United Jewish Appeal and Israel Bond leaders have pledged, together with Premier Shimon Peres, to work towards “world Jewry’s active participation in Israel’s efforts to achieve economic growth.” The 40 signed a declaration with Peres Thursday night, after a day of deliberations, intended as a first preparatory step towards a gathering of leading Jewish businessmen and financiers from all over the world.

The declaration said: “World Jewry will actively participate in Israel’s effort to achieve economic independence by participation in all aspects of Israel’s economic growth.

“To further these goals, world Jewish leadership will meet at once to examine ways and means to mobilize financial resources for Israel.

“This greater participation will take the form of business involvement, increased philanthropy and purchases of Israel Bonds.

“At the earliest possible date, the Prime Minister will convene Jewish leaders in Israel to advance these objectives.

“A task force will be established to plan and implement programs aimed at business development.”