New York (Jan. 1)
Asked to comment on Dr. Silver’s statement, Dr. Wise declared:
“As regards Dr. Silver’s attack upon me, I have had and I shall have no personal controversy with him. The Zionist Emergency Council has passed judgment upon the issue involved by acceptance of Dr. Silver’s resignation.”
Dr. Israel Goldstein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, issued a statement today disclosing that the Zionist Emergency Council had decided unanimously not to press for passage of the Palestine Resolutions by the Committees of the House and the Senate of the Congress of the United States “unless and until the preliminary approval of the Executive branch of the Government would have been secured.”
Such approval, Dr. Goldstein stated, was not received, nevertheless Dr. Silver went to Washington and “without the knowledge or consent of the Emergency Council, personally interviewed Representatives and Senators, especially those in key positions, to urge them to put the Resolutions through as quickly as possible,” the ZOA president charges.
Another charge made by Dr. Goldstein is that Dr. Silver sent a formal written inquiry to the Secretary of State to check on the veracity of a report given by Dr. Nahum Goldmann to the Zionist Emergency Council on “certain important statements” made verbally by the Secretary of State during a visit to him by Dr. Wise and Dr. Goldmann.