NEW YORK (Nov. 13)
The conclusion of an agreement among the Zionist Organization of America, the Jewish Agency and the World Confederation of General Zionists for the allocation of $1,250,000 to the Z.O.A. for constructive projects in Israel was announced here today by Daniel Frisch, president of the Z.O.A.
Addressing several hundred Zionist leaders from all parts of the country at a meeting of the Z.O.A. National Administrative Committee, Mr. Frisch revealed that the agreement was reached after months of negotiations. In return, he disclosed, the Z.O.A. has “momentarily yielded its right to enter upon a special campaign” and is urging complete concentration of all Jewish forces on the forthcoming United Jewish Appeal drive.
Mr. Frisch made clear his stand that he still believes in the complete unification of all funds, raised for Israel, in the United Jewish Appeal, In this connection he alluded to separate fund-raising by other Zionist groups in this country. “This conviction we shall defend at every opportunity, while defending our claim to our own share in the funds, that is adequate for our work in Israel.” He also revealed that the arrangement between the Z.O.A. and the Jewish Agency was unanimously approved by the representatives of all Zionist parties on the Agency executive.
Mr. Frisch revealed that of the total granted to the Z.O.A. for its projects in Israel, the sum of $500,000 would be made available from and through the Confederation of General Zionists in Israel, to be spent by the Z.O.A. mostly for the purpose of strengthening the credit facilities and the social services of the “small man” in Israel, and $750,000 by the Agency to finance two Z.O.A. colonies in Israel to be built in accordance with the plans and directions of the Z.O.A. and settled by a special group selected by the Z.O.A. The number of settlers, as reported by Mr. Frisch, will run to about 200, two-thirds of whom are expected to come from the United States, and the remainder to be selected by the Z.O.A. from those in Israel.