NEW YORK (Aug. 8)
“Full and loyal co-operation” with the new Israel Government was pledged today by Dr. Emanuel Neumann at a reception given here in his honor by the Manhattan Region of the Zionist Organization of America.
“The choice of a government is the exclusive prerogative of the citizens of Israel,” he declared. “But it would be idle to deny that the ‘narrow coalition’ which has now emerged, has occasioned both astonishment and concern in the Zionist world. We share the general and profound regret over the failure to form a broader coalition, including the General Zionists, and holding the prospect of political and economic stability. The disappointment, however keen, cannot diminish in the slightest our full and loyal co-operation with the new government.”
Declaring that he was speaking as a Z.O.A. delegate reporting to his constituency on the progress of the World Zionist Congress, rather than as a member of the Jewish Agency executive, Dr. Neumann said: “It was fortunate that the Congress did not force upon Diaspora Zionists doctrinal commitments which they were not ready to accept.” He expressed regret over the fact that the Herut-Revisionist Party was excluded from the world Zionist executive and said that “it is tragic” that Dr. Abba Hillel Silver “was not drawn into a position of leadership, to the detriment of Israel and the Zionist movement.”