Dr. Goldmann Arrives in Israel; Guarded Closely by Police
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Dr. Goldmann Arrives in Israel; Guarded Closely by Police

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Dr. Nahum Goldmann, co-chairman of the Jewish Agency executive, arrived here today by plane to attend a plenary session of the Agency executive scheduled to open this week-end.

Police authorities took extraordinary precautions to protect Dr. Goldmann in the face of rumors to the effect that extremists who oppose Jewish reparations negotiations with Germany have threatened his life, if he should set foot in Israel. Dr. Goldmann is one of the moving spirits behind the proposal to negotiate directly with Germany for payment of Israeli and Jewish claims. Dr. Goldmann, however, told the few correspondents who were allowed to approach him that he has received no threatening letters.

When the plane landed at Lydda a host of uniformed policy and plainclothes men surrounded the craft and kept away all persons who showed any inclination to approach. All passengers on the plane were requested to remain seated until Dr. Goldmann and his party were driven from the airport under escort.

During the few minutes that Dr. Goldmann spoke with newsmen, he said that the reparations discussions would open March 17 and revealed that a meeting between the delegations representing the Israel Government and the Conference on Jewish Materials Claims Against Germany would be held within 10 days time. He also expressed the hope that the negotiations with Germany would not last too long.

Dr. Israel Goldstein, American member of the Jewish Agency executive, who arrived on the same plane, told newsmen that he will confer with Israel Government and Zionist leaders on steps to coordinate the fund-raising efforts in the United States of the Israel bond drive and the United Jewish Appeal. He called for early action by the Israel Parliament in implementing the resolution by the last World Zionist Congress which proposed official status for the Jewish Agency for its work in Israel.

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