Inspired by the idea of national autonomy sought after by Jewish minorities in Europe in the early 1900s, the Jews of Palestine elect a representative assembly in the beginning of 1920. This assembly forms a permanent committee known as the National Council to look after issues that related to internal community matters, such as education, religious affairs, and health care. The British administration gives legal recognition to the Vaad Leumi through a series of laws in 1926 and 1928. Its partner is a Jewish Agency, later “the” Jewish Agency that is recognized by the British as the official Zionist organization of the the Palestine Jewish community.The Vaad Leumi, Jewish Agency, and Histadrut contribute organizational cement to an immigrant population diverse in origins.
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