World Zionist Organization

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    The election for chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel was postponed. The move will give both candidates — Israel’s former minister of Diaspora affairs, Natan Sharansky, and Ra’anana Mayor Zeev Bielski — time to fortify their support, a World Zionist Organization official said. The Zionist General Council voted Wednesday to grant both candidates seats… More ▸

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    The international organization of the Likud Party issued a legal challenge to Ariel Sharon. World Likud, home to a strong faction that opposes the Israeli prime minister’s plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip, is arguing that Sharon did not follow proper procedure in nominating Ra’anana Mayor Zeev Bielski to head the Jewish Agency for… More ▸

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    Members of World Likud on Sunday selected Natan Sharansky as their candidate for the Jewish Agency chairmanship. The former Cabinet minister will face off against Ra’anana Mayor Zeev Bielski, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s candidate, when the Zionist General Council votes Wednesday for chairman of the agency and the World Zionist Organization. Sharansky’s victory Sunday… More ▸

  • Sharansky Bid for Agency Head Seen As Lacking Diaspora Support

    Natan Sharansky may have made waves in Israel by announcing his candidacy for the helm of the Jewish Agency for Israel after the organization nearly had secured its support for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s nominee. On this side of the ocean, Sharansky’s candidacy is making some ripples, but he seems unlikely to gain much support…. More ▸

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    Natan Sharansky is challenging Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s candidate to run the Jewish Agency for Israel. The former Soviet dissident and Israeli Cabinet minister announced Tuesday that he would run as a candidate to head the World Zionist Organization. More ▸

  • Israeli Museum Looks at Herzl: an Icon or a Naive Eurocentrist?

    Behind plush chairs and wooden tables arranged to resemble a 19th-century café in Vienna, a screen descends to reveal a hunky Israeli actor transported back in time to prepare for his role of Theodor Herzl. The actor takes in the scene — a cosmopolitan scene of beautiful young women and intellectual debates, tainted with ugly… More ▸

  • Candidate to Head Jewish Agency Said to Grasp Israel-diaspora Ties

    Ra’anana Mayor Zeev Bielski can be seen in the mornings opening car doors for schoolchildren, ushering them toward their classrooms with a smile. Now Bielski, 58, may be heading to one of the most powerful offices in the Jewish world — chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced Monday… More ▸

  • Surprise Resignation of Jafi Head Sparks Speculation on Meridor Future

    The resignation of one of the most powerful professionals in Jewish life came as a surprise to many of those closest to him — and sparked rumors throughout the Jewish world about Sallai Meridor’s future plans. In a letter Tuesday, Meridor, chairman of the executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel, informed his staff and… More ▸

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    The leader of the World Jewish Congress urged Orthodox leaders to open dialogue with moderate Muslims. Speaking Saturday at the World Zionist Organization’s Center for Religious Affairs in the Diaspora, Rabbi Israel Singer said dialogue could lead to a “regeneration of the once-flourishing Jewish-Muslim renaissance.” More ▸

  • As Meridor Meets with Ujc Heads, Some Wonder About Future of WZO

    A meeting this week marked the early stages of a discussion that could spell trouble for the future of the World Zionist Organization. Sallai Meridor, chairman of the executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel, which runs immigration and absorption in the Jewish state, met with leaders of the United Jewish Communities, the coordinating body… More ▸