Tel Aviv (Dec. 1)
That the present negotiations between the Jewish Agency and the British government in London were not based on the White Paper was reported today by Col. Frederick Kisch, chairman of the Palestine Zionist Executive, who reported political developments of the last month to tonight’s meeting of the Jewish National Council over which Pinchas Rutenberg presided.
Declaring that paradoxically enough the leadership of Dr. Chaim Weizmann was never more powerful than since the time when he resigned the presidency of the Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency, Colonel Kisch pointed out that the Jewish Agency felt that the government must be convinced that the terms of the White Paper are inconsistent with the Mandate. It was still too early, however, he said, to say whether the Agency would succeed in reaching an understanding.
After praising Lloyd George, Leopold Amery, Sir Herbert Samuel and Sir Walter Elliot for their share in the parliamentary debate on Palestine, Colonel Kisch called upon the Jewish National Council to give its united support to Dr. Weizmann “as rightly and generously urged by his old adversary, Judge Mack.” He also urged the Council to leave England no ground for saying she must safeguard the rights and interests of the Arabs “against the Jewish menace for we ourselves desire that our reconstruction shall involve no injustice to anyone.”
Mayor Dizengoff, David Remez and
Ben Zion Mossinsohn reported on the recent emergency meeting of the Zionist Actions Committee.