Basle (Aug. 26)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
The denials issued simultaneously in Rome and Berlin concerning the reported agreement between Germany and Italy with regard to the Palestine mandate called forth a feeling of satisfaction among the delegates arriving for the Fifteenth Zionist Congress.
The possibility that Palestine in the epoch of its rehabilitation should again come under the reign of Rome, historically associated with the destruction of the Jewish state in Palestine, was a source of anxiety among many Zionists, it was stated here.
The mere possibility that “Rome and Jerusalem” should meet again on the political field and that Jerusalem is to be subject again to Rome, recalled unpleasant historic reminiscences. Particular objection to Italy’s claim on the Palestine mandate was based on the influence of Fascism on present day Italy and the probability that in case of Palestine becoming subject to Italy, the influence of Catholicism, far from being friendly to the Jewish rehabilitation of Palestine, would become a decisive factor in the development of the country, thus hindering the Zionist efforts to rehabilitate Palestine as a Jewish national home.