Rome (Aug. 25)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
Emphatic denial of the reports current in international circles of Italy’s intention to claim the mandate for Palestine was made by Benito Mussolini.
The denial was called forth by a report purporting to rest on the result of negotiations conducted between Mussolini and German Foreign Minister Stressemann.
In a press interview Mussolini couched his denial in the form of a reference to the tastes of Italian families. “Every family used to believe it was necessary to possess a decorative vase. The uselessness of this vase is now being recognized. We do not want to have a Syrian or Palestinian vase for our Fascist family,” he declared.