NEW YORK (Apr. 8)
The belief that the proceedings of the recent sessions of the Zionist Actions Committee will have positive results was expressed here today by Dr. Emanuel Neumann, president of the Zionist Organization of America, upon his return from Israel.
The ZOA leader stressed the request for “real partnership” between the Israel Government and the Zionist movement voiced at the Actions Committee by Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the World Zionist Organization and said that Dr. Goldmann urged that Jews outside of Israel should be encouraged to express their opinions and influence the manner in which their contributions and investments are applied in Israel.
“Although not all who participated in the debate went as far as Dr. Goldmann, the general trend was in favor of seeking closer cooperation between the State and the movement, ” Dr. Goldmann reported. “A special committee was constituted by the Actions Committee, including Knesset members from all parties, to elaborate detailed proposals. It is the first time that such a step was taken and I hope it will bear fruit. “
The ZOA president also reported on plans which were discussed for a new effort to mobilize new investment capital for Israel’s development. “The idea was put forward by Finance Minister Levi Eshkol, who proposed the establishment of a new financial instrumentality for this purpose, as a distinct Zionist project, ” Dr. Neumann said. “A special committee is being constituted to study Eshkol’s proposal and submit more definite plans.”