Actions Committee Recommends Holding of Zionist Congress in April

Convocation of the 24th World Zionist Congress by April 11, 1956 at the latest, and earlier if possible, was recommended today by unanimous decision of the presidium of the Zionist Actions Committee policy-making body of the World Zionist movement between world congresses. The recommendation was made to the Jewish Agency by a session of the presidium at which representatives of all parties in the world movement were represented.

Earlier, Dr. Nahum Goldmann, Jewish Agency chairman, told a press conference of a plan to convene pre-Zionist Congress conferences with non-Zionists in North and South America and Europe to rally the non-Zionists to identify themselves with Israel, Dr. Goldmann is scheduled to fly to Germany tomorrow for conferences with Bonn officials on implementation of individual indemnification legislation for Nazi victims.

Dr. Goldmann said that all parties in Israel wanted a World Zionist Congress immediately in view of Israel’s serious situation, but he had convinced them that in view of many engagements facing American Zionist leaders the congress could not be held before April. He said he had found the situation here strained, but the Israelis were determined to face whatever came, confident about the future particularly since they were sure of the support of world Jewry and were certain that the world powers would not permit the destruction of Israel.

The main thing today was to remain calm and sure, he continued. The dangers resulting from the Soviet supply of arms to Egypt must not be underestimated, he stressed, but he was confident that Israel would come through this crisis with the assistance of world Jewry and the great masses of non-Jews who favor Israel. The present crisis will eventually bring a future normalization of relations with Israel’s neighbors and the stabilization of Israel. He concluded by emphasizing that American Zionists and American Jews in general were doing everything possible to strengthen Israel politically and financially and to bring Israel far-reaching security guarantees from the great powers.

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