London (Nov. 19)
The authority to be created by the Imperial Conference for giving binding decisions on disputes between the British dominions might be a competent body to rule on the question of British commitments regarding Palestine, Lord Lloyd, former British High Commissioner in Egypt, suggests in a letter to the London Times in which he comments on the recent letter to the same paper by Sir John Simon and Viscount Hailsham.
Lord Lloyd, who was dismissed some months ago by the Labor government because of differences of opinion between himself and the cabinet regarding the British policy in Egypt, points out that Palestine’s significance in the imperial scheme lies not only in its position on the Mediterranean alongside the Suez Canal and in the air route to India but also in the fact that it is becoming a “base for Soviet machinations against the Empire, being the springboard of Bolshevism in the East.”
The immigration of Jews into Palestine from all parts of the world had the inevitable result, Lord Lloyd says of “affording the Soviets an opportunity to establish revolutionary agencies whose purpose is to foment dissatisfaction not only in Palestine but also in Egypt, Arabia and in the whole East. The fact that the White Paper caused world Jewry to denounce it as a piece of treachery of England only supports the contention that the whole question of promises and commitments be examined by an unquestionable authority.”