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Goldmann Says Efforts for Meeting with Sadat Continues

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The preparations for a meeting between Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and world Jewish leaders continue. Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the World Jewish Congress, told newsmen here today.

Goldmann said that Philip Klutznick, chairman of the WJC’s board of governors, met yesterday in Washington with Egypt’s Ambassador Ashraf Ghorbal, and discussed with him the pending meeting. According to Goldmann, the Egyptian ambassador said he was “eagerly waiting” for Sadat to set the date for the meeting. Goldmann said four Jewish leaders would attend the meeting–two from the United States, one from Britain and one from France.

Regarding reparations from West Germany. Goldmann said he would meet Chancellor Helmut Schmidt by the middle of February, to put the final touches on another reparations agreement. Goldmann said he would ask for $250 million to be paid to Nazi victims who recently came out of the Soviet Union, and others who were not able to receive compensation so far for legal reasons.


Meanwhile, at today’s weekly meeting of the World Zionist Organization Executive. Goldmann’s actions were criticized by Joseph Klarman, representative of the Revisionists. Klarman told Goldmann the planned meeting with Sadat humiliated the WJC, and was damaging to Israel. Klarman said Sadat’s only reason for such an invitation was Goldmann’s views in favor of territorial concessions.

Klarman demanded of Goldmann that the WJC honor an agreement with the WZO Executive that the WJC will not enact resolutions, except in meetings of the WJC Executive, in which the WZO Executive is represented. Klarman said that if the WJC would not honor the agreement, he, Klarman, would demand the cessation of cooperation between the WZO Executive and the WJC.

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