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Dinitz May Agree to Leave Post, but Final Decision is Postponed

The Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel met Tuesday night but put off at least until Wednesday a decision on the fate of its embattled chairman, Simcha Dinitz.

Jewish Agency officials had no public comment on the meeting. But behind-the-scenes efforts to reach a compromise plan were at a high pitch throughout the day Tuesday and well into the night.

Sources said it was likely that Dinitz would take a leave of absence if the attorney general recommends he be indicted for embezzlement.

But they said it was not out of the question that Dinitz would temporarily step aside even before such an indictment, possibly as soon as October.

If Dinitz does stay on board, however, sources suggested there might be a reduction of his responsibilities.

Dinitz is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars through improper use of his Jewish Agency credit card. A police investigation of the case was concluded last week and handed over to the attorney general, reportedly with a recommendation that he be indicted.

Meanwhile, Dinitz also has come under investigation by the tax authorities after documents handed over by police show a possible failure to properly report spending abroad.

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