Zionists Were Told of Arab Agency, Colonial Secretary Says

The Zionist Organization was advised of the steps contemplated by the British Government in offering to the Arabs of Palestine an Agency similar to the Jewish body, a letter written by the Colonial Secretary, the Duke of Devonshire, to Sir Herbert Samuel discloses. This letter is included in the White Paper just published by the Government containing all the correspondence and dispatches regarding the Agency which the Arab leaders rejected.

“Regarding the Zionists, whose concurrence is also to be sought the most convenient course it seems, would be that I place myself in communication with the headquarters of the Zionist Organization”. The Duke of Devonshire wrote. “I propose to proceed accordingly. The new arrangements will be put into immediate operation if and when the assent of the two parties is obtained”.

“Concerning immigration, if the Jewish National Home is to be established, there must be reasonable facilities for the admission of Jewish settlers.

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