The resolution adopted by the Council of the League of Nations upholding the report of the Mandates Commission on the Palestine events has definitely established the status of the Mandate on an unshakable basis, declared Lord Melchett, president of the English Zionist Federation and prominent English industrialist to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency just before he sailed for Europe yesterday on S. S. Acquitania.
Lord Melchett said that the Jews should be highly satisfied with the attitude expressed in the resolutions of the Council of the League of Nations. “I hope that the Mandates Commission will continue its wise supervision of the fulfillment of the Mandate, aiming at the establishment of the Jewish National Home in Palestine. The latest developments in Geneva were a great encouragement for us,” Lord Melchett pointed out.
Asked about his attitude towards Dr. Chaim Weizmann’s recent statement regarding the creation of a bi-national state in Palestine, Lord Melchett said: “As long as I have known Dr. Weizmann he has never made any references in regard to Zionism which would not be favorable for the Zionist cause.
“But this is only a question for theoretical discussion. Even if there were no Palestine Mandate, or the Balfour Declaration, which provides for the safe-guarding of the civil and religious rights of the Arabs in Palestine, the history of the Jews shows that they have always been fair to those with whom they have lived,” Lord Melchett concluded, adding again that American Jewry ought to fulfil its promises of subscriptions made for funds in order to facilitate and hasten the upbuilding work of Palestine.
Lord Melchett had spent about two weeks in America which he devoted purely to business. He did not spend any time with American Jewish leaders as most of them were away on their vacations.