London (May. 19)
The failure of the Jewish Agency was now apparent, Mr. M. Grossman said at a press conference at the offices of the Revisionist World Union to-day. It had produced neither political influence nor money, and had but magnified the confusion. The Revisionists would press for a reform of the Jewish Agency to democratise it and make possible its control by the Jewish masses. The present system of appointing notables who represented none but themselves, would have to be abolished.
The Revisionists would go to the 17th. Zionist Congress prepared to co-operate with their fellow-Zionists and ready to assume the responsibility for the leadership, if necessary, Mr. Grossman said. They had full confidence in their powers. They had a programme, the men, and the backing of a vast and growing following.
Mr. Grossman took that opportunity of denying emphatically that the Revisionists bear any antipathy to the Labour section of the Zionist Movement. They recognised, he said, the right of every section to its own ideas, so long as they did not interfere with the tempo of Jewish work and the attainment – in the shortest possible period – of the Jewish majority. Nor was there any truth, he said, in the allegation that they were anti-Arab. That calumny had long been denied and disproved. It had been invented originally as an anti-Revisionist electioneering device and it had a habit of re-appearing before Congress elections. Indeed a Congress Court had actually reprimanded a Zionist writer who had circulated that allegation for the purpose of besmirching Revisionism among Zionist electors and the non-Jewish world interested in Zionism. It was sufficient to study the Revisionist scheme of land reform, Mr. Grossman said, to see that they took into equal account both the Arab population of Palestine and the Jewish settlers and immigrants.