London (Dec. 19)
The 17th World Zionist Congress will be held whether or not the present negotiations between the Jewish Agency and the British government are concluded by February 24th, the date set for the convening of the Congress at Carlsbad, the Zionist Executive informed the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today. This contradicts a report in the Jewish Chronicle which says that the Congress will be postponed if Dr. Chaim Weizmann finds that the negotiations have not reached a sufficiently advanced stage by February 24th.
The Jewish Chronicle says that since the Whitechapel by-election, in which the Palestine question was the chief issue, the meetings between the representatives of the Jewish Agency and the government have not been so frequent, informal talks giving little satisfaction to either side taking the place of formal meetings.
Predicting that a number of resignations from the Zionist Executive will take place before the Congress meets, the Chronicle states that the British government does not intend to make public an announcement on modifications of the White Paper for some time. Active steps should be taken, the Chronicle urges, to see to it that the Colonial Office does not utilize the Christmas recess of Parliament to rush through orders affecting the Palestine situation.