NEW YORK (Jan. 1)
The belief that the present coalition government in Israel “will endure until the next parliamentary elections” scheduled for 1955 was expressed here yesterday at a press conference by Dr. Emanuel Neumann, member of the Jewish Agency executive, upon his return from Israel. “I also believe that the national coalition will usher in a new era,” he stated. “We may now expect a quickened pace, if not immediate relief, towards the rational solution of many of Israel’s pressing problems.”
“The people have become painfully aware of Israel’s present dependence upon financial support from abroad and are anxious to move as swiftly as possible towards economic independence and self-sufficiency,” Dr. Neumann reported. “They are pinning their hopes increasingly upon a large influx of private capital as permanent investment on a business basis and it is generally expected that the inclusion of liberal and conservative elements in the Government will strengthen the confidence of potential investors.”
The large measure of unity achieved in Israel will, Dr. Neumann believes, also be reflected in the American Zionist movement and lead to more harmonious cooperation among the major Zionist groups in this country and within the Zionist Organization of America. “The situation calls for a cessation of interparty strife and a firmer coalition of American Zionist forces, “he said. “I favor a strengthening of the American Zionist Council, representing all groups, and a broadening of its scope, provided this is done gradually and by stages and without any infringement of the autonomy of the existing organizations,” he declared.