BASLE (Jul. 2)
That Felix M. Warburg, who resigned last October as chairman of the Administrative Committee of the Jewish Agency as a protest against the Passfield White Paper, and Dr. Cyrus Adler, acting-chairman of the Council of the Jewish Agency, as well as other American non-Zionist leaders of the Agency, are completely behind Dr. Chaim Weizmann in his political policy was indicated in a cabled message which Dr. Weizmann has received since the opening of the Zionist Congress, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency learned today.
In announcing their whole-hearted backing of Dr. Weizmann, Mr. Warburg and Dr. Adler declared that they do not want him to assume sole responsibility for the events since the issuance of the White Paper and that they are satisfied that in the negotiations between the Jewish Agency and the British government which followed the White Paper the very utmost had been achieved under the circumstances. They empower Dr. Weizmann to read the message to the Congress if he so desires.
The text of the message received by Dr. Weizmann from Mr. Warburg and Dr. Adler follows:
“Believing that in your characteristic manner you may assume full and sole responsibility for those steps that have been taken recently, and whereas we were fully consulted and shared the responsibility with you for these steps, you are authorized to make the following statement before the Congress in our behalf should you desire to do so.
“In all conferences held subsequent to the issuance of the White Paper you have adhered to the method set forth by the Jewish Agency and have consulted not only the members of your own committee, but ourselves and our other colleagues in America who have had full opportunity to advise and to obtain counsel for the best way out of the difficulties which confronted us. We desire to share with you full responsibility for whatever action has been taken and for the results, which we believe were the best obtainable under the circumstances.”
With the majority of the delegates to the Zionist Congress till convinced that the question of the future Zionist leadership is the paramount issue before the Congress, this message, assuring Dr. Weizmann the fullest support on the part of the most influential Jewish leadership in America, is believed to be of the utmost significance in connection with the deliberations of the delegates.
While Dr. Weizmann has as yet given no indication that he will take advantage of the privilege to read the message before the Congress, it is believed by those close to Dr. Weizmann that should he choose to reconsider his decision to give up the leadership, which he announced in his address yesterday morning, the whole-hearted support of Mr. Warburg and Dr. Adler will again put him in a position where he can command the support of the greatest majority of the delegates.