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Dulzin Virtually Assured of Reelection As WZO Chairman

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Leon Dulzin, chairman of the World Zionist Organization Executive, is virtually assured of reelection to the post at the forth-coming Zionist Congress here in December. Lengthy negotiations between the parties have resulted in agreement that both Dulzin, a leader of the Liberal Party wing of Likud, and WZO treasurer Akiva Levinsky who is a Labor movement representative, will keep their respective positions.

Nagging doubts among some political circles here and Zionist circles abroad about whether the Congress should be postponed have finally been swept aside by Premier Menachem Begin himself. At a meeting with Likud leaders, Begin ruled this week, according to a report in Haaretz, that the Congress be held as scheduled.

The inter-party backroom agreements provide for a slight decrease in Likud-affiliated representation (from 168 to 175 delegates) and a slight rise in Labor-affiliated delegates (from 123 to 150). Mizrachi will drop from 77 to 60, reflecting the National Religious Party’s savage mauling at the 1981 Knesset elections in Israel. The General Zionist Confederation will go up from 113 to 120.

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