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## Conference, at which we will present this practical program and will make an attempt to create that world Jewish center which will take upon tself the financial obligation for realizing the program.”A country cannot be built with a permanant deficit without knowing from where to take the means to cover the expenses for the future months.
“Those who ask me what kind of a program I am bringing to the Congress apparently expect sensations and surprises. I do not want to surprise anybody and sensational methods for overcoming the present crisis in Palestine cannot be expected from me. My program is known; first of all we must put our budget into order, free ourselves of intolerable deficits, place our balance in a normal state. Without this a strong immigration into Palestine is impossible. The demand of Jabotinsky that the doors of Palestine be immedately opened wide can lead us only to catastrophe and entirely destroy our political and economic position which we have attained under such difficulties.
“Whether or not we want to, we must make our way in Palestine in the next years more slowly and cautiously,” Dr. Weizmann declared.
“The loan of four and a half million pounds for building the port of Haifa has been ratified, as is known, by the British parliament. The building of the port will be begun in the near future. The electrification of Palestine under the Ruttenberg concession is being furthered. In the next months the exploitation of the Dead Sea according to the Novomejski concession will be begun. All this will reduce the unemployment which now exists in the country and will also promote the economic progress and counteract the present crisis.
“Complaints are uttered with regard to political difficulties which are in our way and which bamper the normal development of our economic position in Palestine. With regard to this I can declare with the fullest responsibility: Never was our political position in Palestine as good as it is now. This is much, but it is not everything. One hears, for example, complaints of alleged injustices with regard to protective tariffs. People do not want to realize that if a Jew from Schninshka comes to Palestine and manufactures inferior buttons that the British government is not obligated to secure this button by a protective tariff. Palestine industry is being developed more and more. As time goes on a healthy industry will be established, finding raw material in the country itself or in the neighboring countries and responding to the needs of Palestine. These industries, for example the oil industry, the silk manufacture, the cement industry, the wine and tobacco production, will be protected by the government in the strongest possible way.
“The Palestine government is appointing a special tariff commission which will consist of special representatives of the Palestine administration and the Zionist Organization. The commission will consider all these questions and there can be no doubt that everything which has a sound basis will be secured by the government with the necessary tariffs,” Dr. Weizmann declared.