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Dulzin Asks Rabin Not to Interfere in Agency Election

October 17, 1975
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Leon Dulzin, acting chairman of the Jewish Agency and World Zionist Organization Executives, asked Premier Yitzhak Rabin today not to interfere in his capacity as Premier, in the elections for the chairmanship which Dulzin is contesting with Haifa Mayor Yosef Almogi, the Labor Party’s candidate. Dulzin, who is a leader of Likud, reminded Rabin that he was Premier of all Israel and not just of the Labor Party.

Addressing the Israel-America Commercial and Industrial Club in Tel Aviv, Dulzin expressed confidence that he would win the election but conceded that the contest would be decided by a slender margin and there was no way to predict how it would go. He said Rabin was risking his prestige by supporting one candidate over another.

Dulzin said he did not object to the Labor Party nominating its own candidate but did object to that party’s claim in effect that the WZO-Jewish Agency chairmanship “belonged” to it. The two previous chairmen, the late Pinhas Sapir and the late Louis Pincus, were both members of the Labor Party.

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