Goldmann Sees Good Prospects for U.J.A. Drive; Wants Less Allocations for Local Needs

The 1950 United Jewish Appeal campaign will be more successful than that of 1949 and will yield more funds for Israel if the local Jewish welfare funds in various cities of the United States stop allocating large percentages of contributed funds for local needs, Dr. Nahum Goldmann, chairman of the American section of the Jewish Agency executive, declared at a press conference here last night. Dr. Goldmann is attending the current Jewish Agency session in this city.

Speaking of relations between the Zionist Organization of America and the American section of the Agency, Dr. Goldmann asserted that an “improved and full understanding” exists between the two bodies. The immediate results of this relationship, he added, include an improvement of prospects for the 1950 U.J.A. drive and better control of multiple campaigns in the U.S. in behalf of Israel needs.

The American Zionist leader also declared that the prestige and influence of the Agency has increased in the U.S. in recent months and is now “well-rooted.” The aim of the Agency, he continued, is to establish and maintain a strong worldwide Zionist organization. The forthcoming 23rd World Zionist Congress, whose opening date has not yet been set, “may be the last or the first of a new, reborn Zionist organization,” Dr. Goldmann stated.

Israel needs a new and strong Zionist organization for at least another generation, he insisted. He suggested that it was the task of the Israel Government to establish friendly relations with the Zionist organization, for the benefit of both parties.

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