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bpresent agreed with them—were greeted with prolonged bapplause, and many rushed forward to shake the hand of bthe ‘fighting rabbi,’ as he is called in the United States. bFollowing the speech by Rabbi Kahane, the new president of bthe ZOA, Mr. Herman Weissman, stepped to the micro- bphone to reply. From the content, it might have been bbetter had he kept quiet, for by his reply he succeeded only bin strengthening the position of the previous speaker.

b“His words were irrelevant, and at times inexact.

b“His entire speech was a paeon of praise to the Exile. Mr. bWeissman told how good America was and that there was no bneed to negate it since it gave and gives much to the Jew. ‘We bwill come of our own good will when we come,’ he said, but bdid not add when he, as a Zionist leader, thought that time bwould be. ‘We know there is anti-Semitism but we will fight bit. The United States is good to us and we are her loyal bcitizens. If, G-d forbid, there will be a crisis, if America bcollapses, where can we flee? What kind of Israel will there bbe?’ Strange to hear such talk from a Zionist leader.

b“Incidentally, the paradox was that the President of the bZionist Organization of America spoke his praise of the bExile within the framework of a discussion on aliyah. . . .”

bThe aliyah figures from the United States proved beyond ba doubt the validity of my contention that the “positive bapproach” was a disastrous failure, despite the distortions band outright lies of the aliyah authorities in Israel. Thus, in bOctober 1972, Yehuda Dominitz, deputy head of the Jewish bAgency’s aliyah department, had expressed disappoint- bment at the rate of North American aliyah and said that the b1972 figure would not show an increase but “a similar bnumber” to that for 1971, during which period 8,122 ar- brived. In reality the 1972 figure for North America, both the bUnited States and Canada, was only some 6,500. The de- bcline since 1970 was clear and dramatic. While the peak was breached in 1970, with 9,472 arriving, since then the figures bwere 8,122 in 1971, 6,500 in 1972, and 4,393 in 1973. This, bout of a total North American Jewish population of well bover six million, and no account here is taken of those who bdid not remain in Israel!

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