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Harman May Be Next Jewish Agency Chief

The election of a successor to the late Louis A. Pincus as chairman of the Jewish Agency and World Zionist Organization Executive may not be postponed until after Israel’s general elections on Oct. 29, it was learned today. Labor Party leaders appear anxious to advance the Jewish Agency and WZO elections and the strongest candidate is believed to be Avraham Harman, president of the Hebrew University and a former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., sources here said.

Harman was reportedly sounded out on the prospect and replied affirmatively. His supporters in the Labor Party cite his diplomatic achievements and strong connections with American Jewish leaders. Other potential candidates mentioned include Deputy Premier Yigal Allon and former Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin.