London (Jun. 26)
Lord Plumer refused to serve another term as High Commissioner of Palestine owing to sharp differences with the Colonial Office concerning the division of costs for the Transjordanian frontier force between the British Exchequer and the Palestine government, states the London “Daily Express,” publishing a report from its Jerusalem correspondent.
Lord Plumer considers the present position intolerable, in view of the deficit of the Palestine budget of more than Â£1,000,000, which necessitates a reduction of 15 percent. in all services, the correspondent writes.
H. C. Luke, the present Chief Secretary of the Palestine government, has arrived in London from Sierra Leone. He will proceed to Jerusalem to assume the duty of Acting High Commissioner until the appointment of a successor to Lord Plumer.
The recommendations of the Joint Palestine Survey Commission have the businesslike precision one naturally expects from any report signed by Lord Melchett, says the ‘Evening Standard” in an editorial on the report.
They bring sentiment down to facts and show clearly how much needs doing before the experiment of a Jewish home can be realized. writes Lord Beaverbrook’s paper. “The Jews of the world will have to find a million pounds annually. Frankly, we cannot see them doing it. Palestine has room for not more than 83,000 farms and its scope for development even with the help of Imperial preference is narrow,” the paper declares.