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Mizrachi Leader Reports on Jerusalem Pact on U.S. Zionism

December 15, 1952
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The agreement worked out in Jerusalem among the Premier of Israel, the co-chairman of the Jewish Agency executive and the leaders of the four largest Zionist organizations in the United States on expanding the functions of the American Zionist Council, represents “an important milestone in improving relations” between American Zionism and Premier David Ben Gurion, Mizrachi president Rabbi Max Kirshblum today told a meeting of the Mizrachi national executive.

Rabbi Kirshblum, who participated in the meeting of Zionist leaders at which the plan was worked out, announced that a joint meeting of the American Mizrachi executive and its national board would be held within two weeks to discuss the proposal. He reported that there was “increased improvement” in Israel’s economic situation including a “greater abundance of food.” He returned from Israel last Friday.

He also stated that the population of Israel has been “shaken and solidified” as a result of the Prague trial. There are “clear indications,” the Mizrachi leader said, “that those who were given to the comforts of decrying ‘American imperialism’ while perched on American Marshall Plan tractors are about to make a sober return to Israel’s truly democratic way of thinking and its entire western orientation in the realm of basic outlook.”

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