ISRAEL: The Ingathering

A half-million immigrants have joined the half-million population which the state of Israel had when it was set up in 1948. At least a half-million more are expected in the next two years. The pressure of the flood is felt in every side of life in the new nation. If the phone doesn't work, the electricity goes off, the road is washed away, or a waiter doesn't know his job—Israelis blame it on "the ingathering of the exiles." A current joke in Israel: "For 2,000 years we Jews have been hoping and fighting and praying for The Return—and it...

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