Israel Cabinet Authorizes Funds for General Elections; Recommends Speedy Preparations

The Israel Cabinet yesterday authorized Finance Minister Eliezer Kaplan to make any expenditures necessary in connection with the forthcoming general elections in the country. The Cabinet also asked all government agencies to make every effort to accelerate preparations for the holding of the elections.

Mayor Israel Rokach of Tel Aviv, a General Zionist leader, today accused certain members of the Knesset’s committee involved in drawing up a new election law with intentionally prolonging discussions on the bill in order to delay the elections. He told newsmen that the elections could be held in June.

Dr. Bernstein, General Zionist leader, told a press conference today that he feared frauds would be perpetrated in the forthcoming elections to the World Zionist Congress. He assailed the Government and insisted that it must cease what he described as intentional hitting at the prestige of the World Zionist Organization, particularly in the United States.

The Confederation of General Zionists has decided to hold its convention in Israel one week prior to the forthcoming World Zionist Congress this summer, it was announced here today.

Speaking at a Progressive Party meeting, Dr. Nahum Goldmann, head of the American section of the Jewish Agency executive, declared that the Zionist movement will fall apart unless Israeli citizens understand the need for cooperation between Israel and the Jewish communities outside the Jewish state. He appealed for closer ties between the Jewish community of Israel and the remainder of the Jewish world. Moshe Kol, Agency official, revealed that a national conference of the Progressive Party will be convened in a month’s time. He also announced that the party will soon start a daily newspaper.

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