London (Nov. 18)
A marked division of opinion is manifested in today’s London press as to whether yesterday’s parliamentary debate on Palestine will do anything to pacify Jewish grievances resulting from the White Paper. “It still remains to be seen whether yesterday’s explanation by Premier MacDonald and Dr. Shiels will compose the angry excitement existing among the Jews of many countries, especially in New York,” writes the London Times. The paper emphasizes that “yesterday’s debate should serve as another warning of the danger attending any carelessness in preparation of state papers.”
Taking a contrary attitude the Daily Telegraph points out that “we don’t suppose that the government’s assurances yesterday will placate the resentment aroused in Zionist circles by the icy and disinheriting tone of the White Paper. This assurance however shows that the government is very anxious to remove the bad impression caused by Dr. Weizmann’s and the other resignations.”
The Morning Post says that yesterday’s debate was conducted chiefly with an eye on the forthcoming by-election in Whitechapel. The paper criticizes Lloyd George for his accusation of anti-Semitism saying that this accusation was not only disgraceful but fantastic and concludes that Premier MacDonald and Dr. Shiels deserve praise for having the courage to stand for the principle of a fair deal to both races.