BASLE (Jul. 15)
At five o’clock this afternoon the Zionist Congress will reconvene and if by that time the steering committee has not yet broken the deadlock over the election of a new Zionist Executive the Congress itself will then use its sovereignty and will elect an Executive from the floor of the Congress so that the impasse in the committee may be overcome.
With practically its entire program completed the adjournment of the Congress is being held up by the inability of the steering committee to agree on the personnel of the new Executive. Scheduled to convene again at 5 A. M. this morning, the worn delegates waited up impatiently all night in the hope that their vigil would be rewarded by hearing a final report.
At the same time the steering committee was holding another stormy session at which no definite decision was reached. On the one hand the Laborites are demanding that several resolutions already adopted concerning internal Palestine affairs should be modified. On the other hand the steering committee has been unable to determine upon a successor in the Executive to Prof. Selig Brodetsky, who firmly refuses to enter the new Executive out of loyalty to his former chief, Dr. Chaim Weizmann.
After weary hours of waiting, the exhausted delegates at last heard the official announcement of Dr. Leo Motzkin, chairman of the presidium, that the Congress will resume its session at 5 P. M. The possibility is not excluded that the Congress may adjourn without electing a new Executive, in which case the Executive will be chosen by the new Zionist Actions Committee elected yesterday.
Before yesterday’s session adjourned 52 members to the Council of the Jewish Agency were elected. These, together with the 58 members of the Actions Committee, will constitute the Zionist half of the Council’s membership. The Revisionists refused to utilize the ten mandates assigned to them on the Council and the Congress completed the Zionist representation by electing ten others.