NEW YORK — Edgar M. Bronfman, the president of the World Jewish Congress, has been engaged in secret talks with Soviet officials to try to organize an airlift of Jews from the Soviet Union to Israel, Time magazine said Sunday.
Time, quoting unidentified sources familiar with the talks, said Bronfman is serving as a conduit between the Soviet Union and Israel, which do not have diplomatic relations, and is attempting to organize an airlift that could involve thousands of Jews.
Time said, "The complex scheme, which involves the Soviet Union, France, Poland and Israel, probably would not take place until at least after the Soviet party congress in late February."
A spokesman for the World Jewish Congress could not be immediately reached for comment.
Time said the plan was for Soviet Jews to move first to Poland, from which they would be airlifted to Israel, thus preventing them from attempting to directly emigrate to the United States or other Western countries.