JERUSALEM (Jul. 29)
Leon Dultzin. Jewish Agency treasurer, was elected over the weekend in separate actions by the World Zionist Organization Executive and the Agency Executive as acting chairman of each body to replace Louis A. Pincus. The WZO Executive also resolved to suggest to the Conference of Jewish Organizations that Mrs. Charlotte Jacobson, chairman of the WZO American Section, be acting chairman of COJO until a new chairman is elected. Mr.Pincus headed these three organizations at the time of his death last Wednesday.
Israeli political observers noted that a choice of successor to Mr. Pincus will probably be delayed until after the national elections in October to give Premier Golda Meir more leeway after appointing her Cabinet. Agency leaders from abroad are letting it be known that they want a man of Cabinet rank and are not prepared to accept a Labor Party political appointment unless he fits the bill and would be well known and acceptable in the diaspora.
Some overseas leaders hinted that if no one of stature is available from the Labor Party ranks and there is no iron clad rule that the head of any of these bodies must be a Laborite they may hold out for Dultzin’s permanent appointment. Dultzin is the president of the World Union of General Zionists and heads the Liberal Party in Israel. The overseas leaders also noted that Dultzin is well known and liked in the diaspora and would make a good Agency and WZO leader.
The WZO Executive decided to hold a graveside service next Thursday at the end of shiva and a public memorial service for Mr. Pincus after shloshim (30 days) on Aug.26.