Lucerne (Aug. 29)
Left-wing Zionist Congress leaders today made unsuccessful attempts to clear the muddled political situation by offering Dr. Nahum Sokolow, incumbent World Zionist Organization president, another term in office and giving Dr. Chaim Weizmann, former president, control over the Zionist Executive’s political activity.
It became known Dr. Weizmann, if he accepts any position at all–which is still doubtful–will take only the presidency. Yesterday it appeared almost certain he would decline any position.
Earlier today Dr. Sokolow, it was learned, declined the honorary presidency, letting it be known he would accept only the active presidency.
Amplifying its announced refusal to participate in the formation of an executive unless certain conditions are met, the Mizrachi (orthodox Zionist group) insisted today that it will not join the executive unless it receives sixteen percent of the Palestine immigration certificates. The percentage was fixed by their proportional representation in the Congress.
The Mizrachi also demand establishment of a special religious department in the Zionist organization.
Further complicating the problem of formation of the executive is the report that Hadassah, women’s Zionist organization, intends to ask a place on the body, arguing that the executive must give at least one to a woman.
Also complicating the situation is the fact that the General Zionist “B” or right-wing group intends to enter the new executive only if it is promised the portfolio in the organization department which is at present held by Berl Locker, English laborite.