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Dmc Leaders Rallying Support for Dulzin As Jewish Agency Chairman

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Another meeting was held today between Yigael Yadin, leader of the Democratic Movement for Change (DMC), and Likud leaders Leon Dulzin, who is treasurer of the Jewish Agency, and Finance Minister Simcha Ehrlich but the topic was not possible renewed negotiations for the DMC to join Premier Menachem Begin’s Likud-led government, but on rallying support from the DMC for Dulzin’s nomination to be chairman of the Jewish Agency. The subject of renewed negotiations was mentioned in passing.

Dulzin’s backers believe he already has a majority for the post in the upcoming World Zionist Congress but they believe that the wider the support, the better. A suggestion was floated that the Likud approach the Labor Alignment to create a “wall-to-wall” coalition for Dulzin as Jewish Agency Executive chairman.

Dulzin and Ehrlich, who are leaders of the Liberal Party component in the Likud, reportedly suggested that, in exchange for support for Dulzin, the DMC would be given a portfolio in the World Zionist Organization Executive. The DMC was expected to meet and react favorably on condition the DMC received the portfolio which deals with the return of yordim–an area hitherto dealt with by the Agency Executive chairman.

The Labor Alignment is considering submitting the name of Itzhak Navon as a candidate for the post but Navon has said he would reject the proposal if he was not assured in advance of majority backing.

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