Berlin (Aug. 31)
The Government of Great Britain has proved its unfitness to hold the mandate over Palestine and as the result of the present tragedy it is the plain human duty of the government of the United States to become the mandatory power over the Holy Land, states an editorial in the German newspaper, “Acht Uhr Blatt.”
England is too strongly a Mohammedan power and is therefore unable to do justice to the Arabs or to the Jews. The same is true of France. Italy is unsuitable because its becoming the mandatory power for Palestine would destroy the balance of power in the Mediterannean. Although Germany wants colonial possessions, its assumption of the mandate for Palestine would revive the fears that Germany is dreaming of an expansion in the Orient. The events have proved that Palestine is unable to govern herself and that Great Britain is unfit to hold the mandate over it. The only solution is to find a great power which is not connected with Mohammedanism and is not interested in Mediterranean politics. The only power which possesses these qualifications is the government of the United States, declares the “Acht Uhr Blatt.”
Although it is true that the United States government is not a member of the League of Nations which holds the power to grant the Mandate, the United States has nevertheless cooperated with the League of Nations in other humane undertakings. “Why should the United States of America not undertake this great duty of peace and reconstrution? There is added reason for such action on the part of the United States in view of the fact that American funds are and will be the largest factor in the reconstruction of Palestine and many American Jews have settled there. It is the plain human duty which makes an American mandate inevitable as the result of the present tragic occurrences,” the paper writes.