This piece first appeared in The Times of Israel.
Morton A. Klein, who has been the national president of the Zionist Organization of America for the past 20 years, believes he is still the best man for the job. He is confident that delegates arriving in Philadelphia next week for ZOA’s 2014 convention will re-elect him, despite an aggressive challenge from national vice president Steven M. Goldberg.
Klein, 66, has vigorously defended himself against allegations by Goldberg, a Los Angeles attorney, that Klein mismanaged the affairs of the 117-year old right-wing Zionist organization, including lax financial oversight leading to the organization’s loss of tax-exempt status for more than a year. Klein has also denied that his salary is inflated, despite analysis by the Forward showing that the $435,050 he was paid in 2012 was 93% more than the predicted salary for the head of an organization of ZOA’s size.
“Israel is facing its most dangerous situation since 1948 and 1967. There’s the danger of Iran, and of the establishment of a Palestinian terrorist state,” Klein told The Times of Israel. “The ZOA needs someone who knows the issues backwards and forwards, someone who has close contacts in the US Congress and the major media. I’ve got the background and the experience.”
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