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Palestine Will Be Self-supporting if Aid Continues Says American Consul

(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

The Jewish settlement in Palestine will be able to support itself eventually if outside aid continues for some years, in the opinion of Oscar S. Heyzer, United States Consul at Jerusalem for the past five years, who returned on the steamer Sinaia yesterday for a short leave of absence.

Mistakes were made during the first settlement of the country by the Jewish colonists, Mr. Heyzer said, and the depression of 1925 was the result. Chief among these mistakes was the investment of too much money in city buildings as contrasted with productive machinery. Now, however, the emphasis is on making the country economically independent, and Mr. Heyzer is optimistic as to the outcome.

Relations between Mohammedans and Jews are much improved, according to the consul, slackening in Jewish immigration to Palestine having relieved the Arabs’ fear that they would be overwhelmed. There are now from 150,000 to 160,000 Jews in Palestine, he estimated.

He praised the British government

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