Survey Shows Zionist for Peace Between Lipsky and Brandeis-mack Factions
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Survey Shows Zionist for Peace Between Lipsky and Brandeis-mack Factions

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Peace between the Weizmann-Lipsky and Brandeis Mack groups in American Zionism is very desirable and necessary at the present moment, in the opinion of prominent American Zionists who have written to the “Day” about this matter in answer to a telegraphic inquiry sent out by its editor, Dr. S. Margoshes, on this subject to thirty of the most prominent Zionists in the country. Answers from Rabbi Louis I. Newman, Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver, Bernard Semel, Professor Wexler, Emanuel Neuman, William B. Leaf, Rabbi Solomon Goldman, Rabbi James Heller, Dr. A. J. Rongy and Philip Wattenberg are printed in Sunday’s and Monday’s “Day.”

“If Meyer Weisgal means seriously his statement that Louis Lipsky and the other Zionist officials are ready to bring back Justice Brandeis and Judge Mack into the movement,” says Rabbi Newman, “they know very well how they can find the ways and means for such a coalition. Felix Warburg found the way easy to bring back Justice Brandeis to active Zionist work—because Warburg sincerely wanted it. The next step should be taken by the Zionist officials of the present administration. If the officials themselves don’t want to do it, a delegation from the administration should go officially to Justice Brandeis and Judge Mack. There must be a reorganization not only in the personnel of the leadership, but there must also be a redefinition of the principles, the program, the methods and the duties of the Zionist Organization of America, as well as of the rights of the Zionist Organization as a body by itself and as a partner in the Agency.”

Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver is also of the opinion that the present Zionist leadership must retire in favor of new people. According to Bernard Semel, the time is not yet ripe for peace between the two factions, though such a peace is very necessary at this time. William B. Leaf, a member of the Administrative Committee of the Zionist Organization, is for a “peace without personal victory.” Rabbi James Heller and Emanuel Neuman, other members of the administration, echo this sentiment and call for a special Zionist convention to consider the problem of peace.

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