JERUSALEM (Feb. 22)
Simcha Dinitz, chairman of the World Zionist Organization-Jewish Agency Executive, announced Monday that he will appoint temporary heads of the three WZO executive departments assigned to Likud until that party resolves its internal wrangling and chooses its own people for the posts.
So far Likud has filled only one of the four portfolios alloted to it.
The positions of treasurer, chairman of the Youth Aliyah Department and of Keren Hayesod remain unfilled more than two months after the World Zionist Congress adjourned in Jerusalem. Keren Hayesod is the Zionist fund-raising organization that operates worldwide, except in North America.
Following are the heads of the other departments, with their affiliations in parentheses: Uri Gordon (Labor), Aliyah; Uzi Narkiss (Labor), Information; Nissim Zvilli (Labor) and Matityahu Drobles (Herut), Settlement; Dov Pudar (Mapam), Development and Community Services; Yitzhak Meir (National Religious Party), Diaspora Torah Education; Eliezer Sheffer (NRP), Dor Hemshech (Young Leadership); Avraham Avihai (Confederation of United Zionists), Youth and Hehalutz.
Also Joe Wernik (Mercaz, the Conservative Zionist movement), Organization; Haim Skirball (ARZA, the Reform Zionist movement), Education and Culture in the Diaspora; and Asher Ohayon (World Sephardi Federation), Sephardi Communities.
Bernice Tannenbaum, representing the Confederation of United Zionists, has been reappointed chairman of the WZO American Section.