Dr. Weizmann and Mr. Warburg should withdraw their resignations and resume their work on behalf of the Jewish Homeland in Palestine since the British government last Monday in Parliament reaffirmed its pledge to abide by the Mandate, declares an editorial in Wednesday’s New York Times. Expressing the belief that Monday’s debate clarified the Palestine issue, the editorial says:
“Fears concerning Great Britain’s ‘violation’ of the pledges of the Balfour Declaration and of her obligations under the Palestinian Mandate must be dismissed after Mr. MacDonald’s emphatic and specific restatement of them. He could not concede that the White Paper ever intended anything more than a ‘pull-up’ in the speed of Jewish work in Palestine as necessitated by conditions presumably temporary.
“With the promises of the Balfour Declaration solemnly reaffirmed and with official acknowledgement that Jewish development in Palestine must be thought of as grounded in permanent rights and not in the temporary exigencies of British colonial policy, the critics of the White Paper have won all they can seemingly ask for. It should be easily possible for Dr. Weizmann and Mr. Warburg to withdraw their resignations and resume their useful work for the Jewish people in Palestine â€” and also for their Arab neighbors”.
Declaring that the main trouble in the present Palestine situation lies in the ambiguous working of the Palestine Mandate and the Churchill White Paper of 1922, an editorial in Wednesday’s New York World says:
“Confusion of purpose and a dual responsibility ambiguously defined have been present since the start. They still remain untouched by Mr. MacDonald’s assurance to the House of Commons that this government intends to keep faith with the Mandate.”
Lloyd George was right in declaring on Monday that the White Paper must have been written by anti-Semitic officials, declares an editorial in Tuesday’s Montreal Gazette, which declares that “it was just such a paper as a government would issue which intended ultimately to repudiate its pledges”. Jewish work in Palestine receives high praise in the Gazette editorial.