Bucharest (Oct. 11)
Dr. Chaim Weizmann should remain as president of the World Zionist Organization, according to Adolph Bernhardt, president of the Roumanian Zionist Organization, who, in an interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency stated that Weizmann’s recent declaration with regard to a “bi-national state” in Palestine, made at the meeting of the Zionist Actions Committee in Berlin, has been interpreted in a wrong light.
“I understand that the masses who allowed themselves to be swayed by their emotions need slogans,” stated Herr Bernhardt. “The slogan of a ‘Jewish state’ arouses deep national feelings among the Jewish masses. But it is sad that some of our Jewish leaders who should be expected to understand the sense of complicated thoughts, should also allow themselves to be swayed by slogans.”
In the opinion of Herr Bernhardt the future political status of the Jews in Palestine is not the important question today; what is important, according to him, is to build the foundations for the Jewish National Home as energetically and quickly as possible. Asked whether Dr. Weizmann should continue as world Zionist leader, he said:
“Yes! The notion that Weizmann has less confidence in the future of the Jewish people than any one of us, that he is less willing than any one of us to give his all for this future, doesn’t even bear discussion. Because of his lively temperament he has not always, especially in the heated atmosphere of our congresses and conferences, maintained a diplomatic tone and has therefore unnecessarily exposed himself to misunderstanding. But his tact, his ready grasp of a situation, his dignified appearances before the Mandatory Power and before the other diplomats, will be appreciated fully only after ## shall one day be forced to miss them.”