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Jewish Agency Elections Deadlocked over New York Chairmanship Issue

Last-minute efforts were made late tonight at the closing session of the World Zionist Congress to break the deadlock on the election of the new Jewish Agency executive which resulted from competition between the Confederation of General Zionists headed by Dr. Israel Goldstein and Mrs. Rose Halprin and the Confederation of General Zionists headed by Dr. Emanuel Neumann.

Both Confederations are competing for the post of chairman of the American section of the Jewish Agency which is now being held by Mrs. Halprin. A compromise suggestion that the chairmanship be rotated between Mrs. Halprin and Dr. Neumann has been rejected by each of the competing groups. Dr. Goldstein is expected to be elected chairman of the Jewish Agency executive in Jerusalem.

The Neumann group is supported by the Mizrachi delegates under a mutual agreement. This makes the elections of the new executive even more difficult. Dr, Nahum Goldmann threatened to resign the presidency of the World Zionist Organization if no executive is elected tonight. However, it is anticipated that during the night’s bargaining some compromise would be reached.