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Sharett Urges Mapai to Strengthen Ties with Jews Outside Israel

Moshe Sharett, former Prime Minister of Israel, who just returned from the United States and Mexico, proposed today that Mapai, Israel’s labor party, should consider the issue of Israel relations with Jewry in countries outside of Israel an urgent problem and prepare a definite program of action to deal with it.

Speaking at the ninth convention of Mapai, Mr. Sharett emphasized that the Government of Israel has no clear-cut position on such relationships. He said that Mapai could not “sit. with hands folded” and do nothing about the “chaos and lack of thought about problems” concerning Jewish communities outside of Israel and their relations with Israel.It was essential, he stated, that Mapai pay more attention to its supporters abroad and extend “its responsibility to the whole nation” because there was no central force “which can undertake such responsibility.”