London Speculates on Plumer’s Successor As High Commissioner

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Speculation as to the successor of Lord Plumer as High Commissoner of Palestine is going on in many circles here, but there are no clear indications, except that it is practically definite that the next High Commissioner will not be a civilian but a man of military experience.

Anxiety prevails in certain Zionist circles lest the appointment is sprung on the Zionist Executive by surprise, as was the case when Lord Plumer was appointed. Then the Executive learned of the appointment only when it was published in the press.

Sir Gilbert Clayton as a possible successor is not believed likely because the High Commissioner of Iraq, Sir Henry Dobbs, is retiring and Clayton is spoken of as his possible successor.

Certain circles suggest the likelihood of Sir Ronald Storrs, former governor of Jerusalem, and now governor of Cyprus, who is in London. Other suggestions include General Haking, former League of Nations High Commissioner in Danzig and Commander of the British forces in Egypt.

Influential political circles here, it is stated, including prominent members of the former Labor cabinet, take the view that some movement toward granting a form of local government for Palestine should be undertaken. The establishment of a legislative council must be conceded shortly, especially if the Arab Congress shows a united front in this demand, it was stated. The difficulty of representation according to the present proportion of the population as affecting the Jewish National Home is realized, but it is expected to overcome this by the appointment of fifty percent officials of the Palestine government as members of the council.

CORRECTION.

A typographical error occurred in the subtitle on the story entitled ‘Judges Committee Renders Report on Zionist Administration Charges,” which appeared on Friday. The subtitle should have read: “See No Reason for Loss of Confidence in Z. O. A.; Cite Instances of Loose Management; Declare No One REsponsible For Loose Management Should be Retained in Administration; Recommend Elimination of paid officers.”

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