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Weizmann Hints at Arab Federalism, Tells Zionists to Prepare

January 19, 1923
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The important acknowledgement that the idea of a Federation of Arab states, including Palestine and Transjordania, is gaining ground, and the advice to Zionists to be prepared to fit into the new scheme and derive the greatest possible benefit to the Zionist movement, was made by Dr. Chaim Weizmann, President, at the semi-annual meeting of the Greater Actions Committee of the Zionist Organization in session here.

Dr. Weizmann denied that he had negotiated regarding Zionist participation in the proposed Federation of Arab States. He declared he had not seen Emir Abdullah, the Transjordanian ruler, since the latter’s visit to London a few months ago.

Confidence in the leadership of Dr. Weizmann and Nahum Sokolow was proposed and passed. The Committee bringing in this recommendation proposed also that separate action by individual members of the Zionist Executive Committee should not be countenacted, thus disapproving of the individual acts of Vladimir Jabotinsky, who announced that despite his opposition to phases of the leaders’ work, he proposed to remain a member of the Executive.

Jurisdiction over the financial institutions of the Zionist Organization will be vested in the future in members of the Executive Committee, the various members being placed at the head of the administrations of the different Zionist Funds such as the Palestine Foundation Fund, the Jewish National Fund, the Jewish Colonial Trust, etc.

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