Labor Party convention delegates and the party’s delegation to the World Jewish Congress are to vote Monday night for the next chairman of the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, the Israeli arm of the Jewish National Fund.
KKL-JNF chairman Efi Stenzler, who is seeking a third term in office, received endorsements over the weekend from presidents of the JNF in more than 30 countries. He is being challenged by MKs Nachman Shai and Dani Atar of Zionist Union and by Michael Biton, mayor of the Negev town Yeroham.
“I received the KKL with severe economic problems and bad relations with its branches abroad,” Stenzler said. “I more than doubled the number of countries with branches from 21 to 48. Its economic situation is now terrific thanks to my cost-cutting. We are now the world’s leading Zionist organization.