new Revisionist Party that presented a Herzl-style political Zionist program advocating that active measures be taken to secure British government support for a dramatic reassessment of the absorptive capacity of Palestine. His immediate goal was approval of an immigration level of 40,000 Jews a year for a twenty-five-year period. He called for the nationalization of all uncultivated lands and their subsequent lease to Jews, for purposes of colonization, on the payment of modest sums. He also insisted on the need for rapid industrialization of the country and the development and promotion of international trade, the latter requiring that the British government agree to the necessary promotional tariff policies. It was a far-reaching and dramatic program, a far cry from the gradualism and incrementalism that characterized official Zionist policy throughout Weizmann's tenure.
As expected, Weizmann's response to Jabotinsky's challenge was merely to reassert that the only viable course for the Zionist movement was the one that was being pursued by the Zionist Executive under his leadership. While Weizmann still prevailed in the final vote of confidence in his leadership, it was clear that the extent of his domination of the organization was shrinking. This was reflected in the fact that about half of the delegates to the Fourteenth Zionist Congress abstained from the vote on the confidence resolution.