Basle (Jun. 28)
How to enable the General Zionists to present a united front was the question considered at a meeting of the American delegation, attended by both the Brandeisist and the Weizmannist groups, in the American Zionist Organisation held this evening and continuing till midnight. It was decided to propose to the Conference of General Zionists convened for to-morrow (Monday) by Dr. Schwarzbart of Cracow, the leader of the General Zionists of Western Galicia, that it should adopt the programme of the Administration of the American Zionist Organisation on the point that instead of a President of the Zionist World Organisation there should be a Presidium, thus disposing of the Weizmann issued. If the American programme is accepted by the other General Zionist groups, the American delegation will formulate more definite proposals. The submission of the existing programme is impossible owing to sharp differences between the former Lipsky Administration and the present Brandeis-Mack Administration in the American Zionist Administration over the Weizmann question. The Lipsky group, including Mr. Jacob Fischman, the editor of the “Jewish Morning Journal”, and Dr. Margoshes, the editor of the “Day”, claim that the American programme is now untenable, and cannot bind the delegates, while the Brandeisist group now in control of the Administration, led by Judge Julian W. Mack, Mr. Robert Szold, and Mr. Jacob de Haas, insist that the programme stands.
The spectre of Revisionism is hovering over the majority of the American delegates, Mr. Fischman says. A rumour has been going round even that Mr. Jacob de Haas and Mr. Abraham Tulin have been officially negotiating with Mr. Jabotinsky, but this was categorically denied at to-night’s meeting.