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Dulzin Sees Uplift and Hope in Israel Since Begin Government Took Office

October 6, 1977
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Leon Dulzin, treasurer of the Jewish Agency and World Zionist Organization Executives, said here that there has been a noticeable uplift in the spirit and hope of Israelis since the government of Premier Menachem Begin took office.

At the same time, Dulzin told a press conference It is difficult to see concrete changes so soon after 29 years of Labor rule although there are fewer strikes and he hopes that by the end of the year inflation will be reduced from the present level of 39 percent to 29 percent.

However, Dulzin, a leader of the Liberal Party wing of Likud, said the political situation is difficult due to the insistence by the United States that the Palestinians be represented at Geneva. He noted that the confrontation with the U.S. started after the Six-Day War in 1967, but had been shelved up to now, when it can no longer be disregarded.

President Carter’s position has encouraged the Arabs to ask for more, Dulzin said. He added that Palestine is divided between Jordan and Israel and there is no place there for the Palestine Liberation Organization which, he said, poses just as much a threat to Jordan as it does to Israel.

Dulzin will go from here to Montevideo, Uruguay, and Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. At the end of October, he will be in Washington for a meeting of the World Jewish Congress’ General Council of which he is chairman. He said WJC chairman Nahum Goldmann is expected to retire soon and be replaced by Philip Klutznick of Chicago, now chairman of the WJC’s board of governors.

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