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Accord Reached on WZO Department

Prof. Raanan Weitz and Matityahu Drabless, the co-chairmen of the World Zionist Organization’s settlement department, announced yesterday that they have reached an agreement on the division of authority between them and would cooperate despite their political differences. The agreement, which assigns each man a specific area of settlement work, was approved by the WZO Executive at its weekly session.

In yesterday’s announcement, Weitz and Drobless said that “despite political differences of opinion, we are sure that we shall succeed in sharing the responsibility of the settlement tasks with the necessary respect and efficiency.”

The differences became apparent last month when Weitz published proposals favoring the eventual establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel. Drobless, a member of Likud, took strong exception. It was reported that under the agreement reached, Weitz and Drobless both will deal with settlements in the occupied territories as well as those within Israel.

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