London (Jan. 17)
For the next four or five weeks nothing will be heard from the Palestine Inquiry Commission but by that time the report is expected to be completed, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency learned today from a diplomatic source close to the Colonial Office.
The approval of the Council of the League of Nations for a special commission to investigate the Wailing Wall issue has greatly gratified the Commission, which had urged the necessity of such a step as early as possible. The next step will be for the British government to propose the names of the three members of the commission and to submit them to the League of Nations Council for its approval.
The Wailing Wall commission is expected to use a good deal of the material of the Inquiry Commission. There is a possibility that, enriched by the experiences in connection with the investigation into the status of the Wailing Wall, the commission may also form an important nucleus for a final settlement of the question of the holy places of Christians, Moslems and Jews as contemplated in Article 14 of the Palestine Mandate.
The British government feels the necessity for a final settlement of the Wailing Wall question, and is anxious not to have a recurrence of the recent troubles which, while appearing to be based on a religious conflict, there is considerable feeling within the Shaw Commission that that was merely a pretext and that at the bottom political motives were in operation.
The date when the Commission will hear Vladimir Jabotinsky, leader of the Zionist Revisionists, has not yet been fixed, but it will probably be next week. Jabotinsky is coming here for the hearing.