NEW YORK (Jul. 30)
The position of the American Jewish League for Israel in opposing identification with Israeli political parties was “strongly vindicated” in Israel by the stand taken by the World Confederation of General Zionists, Ezra Shapiro, president of the League, declared here today upon his return from the sessions of the Zionist Actions Committee in Jerusalem.
Mr. Shapiro reported that following the split in the ranks of the Confederation, Dr. Israel Goldstein and Rose Halprin, both leaders of the Confederation and members of the Jewish Agency executive, signed a statement supporting the policy of non-affiliation with Israeli political parties by the Confederation.
“Insistence of the Zionist Organization of America on maintaining identification with the General Zionists in Israel made the split in the Confederation inevitable,” Mr. Shapiro declared. The ZOA position, he said, was opposed not only by Hadassah and the American Jewish League for Israel, but also by the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland, the European Federation of Zionist Organizations comprising 15 groups, and by the Zionist organizations of South Africa, Mexico and Argentina.