Berlin (Dec. 20)
If Justice Louis D. Brandeis is elected president of the World Zionist Organization at the forthcoming 17th World Zionist Congress it would mean the transference of Zionist headquarters to the United States, the well-informed Juedische Rundschau, organ of the German Zionists, says today in speculating on a possible successor to Dr. Chaim Weizmann who resigned the presidency as a protest against the White Paper.
Pointing out that Justice Brandeis has the unanimous respect of all Zionist leaders and that his election would be unopposed, the Rundschau nevertheless is of the opinion that the 70-year old jurist is not inclined to accept the presidency.
In discussing the most likely candidates, the Rundschau voices the opinion that Dr. Weizmann will not be a candidate to succeed himself because a majority of the Zionists are opposed to him. The bulk of the opposition to him is in Palestine, Poland and America, the Rundschau says, adding that even his friends are advising him not to be a candidate.
The leading candidates as the Rundschau sees them are Vladimir Jabotinsky, leader of the Zionist Revisionists, Menachem M. Ussishkin, head of the Jewish National Fund, Harry Sacher of the Zionist Executive and Pinchas Rutenberg, chairman of the Palestine Jewish National Council.
Jabotinsky will undoubtedly not be able to obtain a majority at the Congress, the Rundschau believes while Ussishkin’s political ability is unknown although he has the confidence of the Palestine Jewish community. Sacher is a good possibility because of his legal training but he is not popular in Palestine, the Rundschau states. Rutenberg is the most frequently mentioned candidate who has supporters in all parties, the Rundschau says and while his political ability is not yet known he is the most likely candidate. Nevertheless a committee to act as a presidential collegium is also a distinct possibility, the paper feels.