London (Sep. 4)
Tel Aviv has every intention of becoming far bigger than it is already as a commercial, industrial center and the focal point of Near East trade, Mayor Meier Dizengoff declared today at a reception held for him by the British Parliamentary Committee for Palestine.
“Great Britain could never find better agents than Jewish idealists for revitalizing agriculture, industry and commerce in the Orient,” Mayor Dizengoff declared. “I assure you this all depends on the extent to which England is prepared to use for her advantage our readiness to increase the well-being of the Holy Land,” Tel Aviv’s mayor stated.
Major Proctor, who welcomed the Jewish communal official, pointed out that the continuation of the present shortage of Jewish labor in Palestine was endangering all Jewish colonial achievements. He asked the British government to reread the terms of the Balfour Declaration and the Palestine Mandate.
Other speakers included Professor Selig Brodetsky of the political department of the Jewish Agency for Palestine and Barnett Janner, Conservative member of Parliament.
Mayor Dizengoff is negotiating with the Colonial Office and with British bankers for a loan for the city of Tel Aviv, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency learned.