Lapides assured the Jewish Agency that despite the many ‘thorns,’ the seeds which the Committee had painstakingly sown ‘are at last beginning to bear fruit/ and that he now hopes ‘to reap in joy what we have sown in hardship.’ Thanks to the Committee’s perseverance, he stressed, they were now ‘on the threshold of a brighter horizon.’ Unless a catastrophe occurs, the first party of Yemeni Jews is ‘expected to arrive here within the next m onth.’4