Geneva (Sep. 8)
A change of the Pritish government’s policy toward the establishment of the Jewish National Home in Palestine should now be expected, Dr. Chaim. Weizmann, president of the Jewish Agency for Palestine and of the Zionist Organization, stated to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency correspondent here following his conference Saturday morning with Arthur Henderson, British Foreign Secretary, who it attending the session of the League of Nations Council.
Dr. Weizmann termed the result of his conference with Mr. Henderson as satisfactory.
“Our present expectations of the British government will be that it keeps to the spirit and letter of the Mandate and of the Balfour Declaration and undertakes immediate active steps towards this end. The policy of the Palestine government until now has not been such with which we Zionists could be satisfied. Facilities for increased Jewish immigration to Palestine must be offered by the government in order to enable the upbuilding in Palestine of the Jewish National Home. However, this question of increased immigration merely forms a part of the government’s general policy which must undergo changes,” Dr. Weizmann stated.
“Yesterday’s interviews with Prime Minister MacDonald and Viscount Cecil and today’s with Mr. Henderson convinced me that the British government maintains a sympathetic attitude, but the results and the findings of the Commission of Inquiry investigating the immediate causes of the troubles must first be awaited. I also spoke at Geneva with a number of other statesmen from various countries, who assured me of their friendly attitude. Prime Minister Briand expressed his sympathy for our cause in very determined language and regretting the accurrences he assured me that steps will be taken to prevent trouble from the Syrian frontier,” the president of the Jewish Agency declared.
Dr. Weizmann further expressed his satisfaction with the declarations made by the representatives of the various nations at the Friday session of the Council of the League of Nations following Mr. Henderson’s remarks, but he expressed surprise that the Italian representative, though he spoke of the Mandate, did not mention the recent Palestine events.
Patience until the report of the Commission of Inquiry is presented was emphasized by Dr. Weizmann as greatly needed. He is leaving Sunday for London.