Mizrachi Leaders, Back from Israel, Stress Need for Unity Among Religious Elements

Leon Gellman, president of the Mizrachi Organization of America, and Rabbi Max Kirshblum, executive vice-president, who have just returned from a visit to Israel, declared in a statement t issued yesterday that “unless religious forces in Israel unite and amalgamate, religious life in the Holy Land may suffer severe setbacks.”

Terming the United Religious Bloc formed during the recent Israeli popular elections merely a “beginning toward real effective union,” the Mizrachi leaders declared: “There is no conceivable reason why the four major religious parties in Israel–Mizrachi, Hapoel Hamizrachi, Agudas Israel and Poale Agudas Israel–should not merge into one mass religious grouping.” The question of uniting of uniting all religious Zionist groups both in Israel and outside the Jewish state will be taken up at the forth coming world Mizrachi conference scheduled to be held in Jerusalem beginning Aug. 14.

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