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Ben Gurion Opposes Transfer of Jewish Agency Headquarters to United States

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The Zionist Actions Committee resumed its sessions today in Tel Aviv with long debates on the separation of function between the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency and on the future status of Jerusalem. At the meeting, the following committees were set up: economic, political, financial, land settlement, education, organization, and Jerusalem affairs.

Earlier, Premier David Ben Gurion, in a speech analyzing the situation in Israel and in the World Zionist Organization, demanded that there be no separation between the Zionist movement and the government of the Jewish State, and that Cabinet members be permitted to serve on the Jewish Agency. Asserting that Palestine is the natural center of Zionist activities, he opposed moving the headquarters of the Zionist movement to the United States.

The speech apparently had little effect on the American delegates, who continued to hold to their demand for separation. Eliahu Stone said: “His speech has made no change in our attitude,” Prof. Selig Brodetsky, British Zionist leader, continued to demand separation. In this he was joined by Dr. Arieh Altman, Revisionist Party head.

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