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April 12, 1968 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-04-12

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Dr. Goldman', Won't Seek Re-Election as WZO
President; Explains Stand on World Problems

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

GENEVA — Dr. Nahum Gold-
mann issued a statement to the
Telegraphic Agency Tuesday cov-
ering his conversations with Sena-
tor J. William Fulbright, his con-
tacts with East
European gov-
ernments which
severed diplo-
matic relations
with Israel last
June and his de-
cision, announced
Monday, not to
seek election to
another term as
president of the
World Zionist
Organization. Dr.
Goldmann t o 1 d
the JTA that he
was making the
statement in or-
Dr. Goldmann der to clarify sev-
eral facts "with regard to the dis-
cussions in Israel concerning my-
The World Zionist leader said:
"My talk with Senator Fulbright
in New York was in lieu of a
previous appointment which had
to be postponed. It was purely
personal and off the record and
the senator has since apologized
to me in writing for having re-
ferred to it. I wanted to discuss
with Senator Fulbright his posi-
tion on Zionism—at the sugges-
tion of a number of friends. But
t h e conversation concentrated
primarily en the situation in the
Middle East, about which I gave



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him my views. No specific prob-
lem was discussed nor did I ask
for any action with a view to in-
fluencing the Israeli government.
I informed my colleagues on the
Jewish Agency executive in New
York about the appointment be-
forehand and reported to them
fully afterwards."
It had been reported from Jeru-
salem that Sen. Fulbright said in
a question and answer symposium
in the Park Synagogue, Cleveland,
last week that Dr. Goldmann had-
"asked me to intercede with Israel
to moderate its position." T h e
senator added that "what happens
in the Mid-East is much more im-
portant to us than what happens
in Vietnam. A compromise would
be in the best interests of Israel."
The April 3 JTA report from
Jerusalem stated Dr. Goldmann
denied that he had sought Sen. Ful-
bright's intercession. The president
of the World Zionist Organization
said that "I had an off-the-record
talk with Sen. Fulbright and con-
veyed to him my impressions of the
situation in the Near East. I told
him that the Israel Cabinet has not
yet reached a decision on future
policy because it represents a large
coalition of all the parties from
right to left, with very different
views. I indicated my belief that it
would be useful for the government
to formulate a decision on its own,
and even told him that in my esti-
mation that moderate elements
have a majority in the Cabinet."
Dr. Goldmann added that "the pur-
pose of this discussion was to in-
form him about the situation, but
not to get him to bring about any
American pressure on Israel."
Tel Aviv's two afternoon papers
made blistering attacks on Dr.
Goldmann, questioned the veracity
of his denial and called for his re-
moval from leadership of the
World Zionist Organization.
Turning to Eastern Europe,
Dr;Goldmann said: "My contacts
with representatives of Eastern
European governments, which I
regard as useful, particularly
after the break in diplomatic re-
lations between them and Israel,
are maintained with the f u 11
knowledge of the prime minister,
the foreign minister and other
members of the Israeli govern-
ment. I obviously keep them
fully informed about these con-
tacts of mine. This also relates
to a conversation I had two
weeks ago with the Soviet am-
bassador to Washington."

Dr. Goldmann said that his de-
cision not to seek re-election to
the WZO presidency "has nothing
to do with attacks on myself re-
cently in the Israeli press." He
added, however, that "I have not
resigned and will not do so, cer-
tainly not a very few weeks before
the (World Zionist) Congress as-
sembles. But I am not a candidate
for re-election. I will be delighted
if a younger leader assumes this
difficult and responsible office."

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Dr. Goldmann said that even be-
fore the last Zionist Congress, "I
intended not to continue as presi-
dent of the WZO. But the un-
timely death of my friend, Moshe
Sharett, who I had hoped, would
be my successor, and his demand
in the last days of his life than
I continue as president, prevented
me for taking that step at the
time. For a number of reasons,
which I will explain to the Zionist
Congress which elected me, I now
revert to the original decision."

Dr. Goldmann said he announced
his decision when "Itshak Koren,
chairman of the nominations com-
mittee which prepares for the elec-

tions of the executive and other
officers at the next Congress, in-
formed me yesterday (April 8)
that the committee would be meet-
ing soon and would discuss, as the
first item on its agenda, the presi-
dency of the WZO. I asked him to
inform his committee that I am
not a candidate."
Dr. Goldmann said that he would
always "be ready to help my col-
leagues on the incoming Zionist
executive whenever they will ask
for my assistance."
Aryeh Pincus, chairman of
the Jewish Agency, deplored
Tuesday the attacks on Dr.
Goldmaan, and said that the
Zionist leader was being hound-
ed and that he deserved better.
The question was broght up by
newsmen at a press conference
with Pincus. They referred to
the recent strong criticism of Dr.
Goldmann in the Israeli press
and by some public figures in
connection with his meeting in
New York with Sen. J. William
Fulbright, chairman of the
Senate Foreign Relations Com-

Pincus asserted that even if Dr.
Goldmann's meeting with Ful-
bright had been a mistake, the

atmosphere being created around dissocating itself from Dr. Gold-
it was detrimental to Zionist work. mann's meeting with Fulbright
He reiterated, however, that Dr. and the contents of their talks.
Goldmann does not consult with
members of the Jewish Agency
Executive before his political
meetings, including the one with
e r S e ri
Sen. Fulbright and that even i! he
had, he would have been told
that it was no concern of the
executive because the Jewish
Agency does not engage in poli-
tics. The Jewish Agency Execu-
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18—Friday, April 12, 1968


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