Despite the present apparent prosperity in Palestine, the entire Jewish work there may face a terrible catastrophe if the Mandatory Power does not open Transjordan for Jewish settlement, if it continues its policy of restricting Jewish immigration, and if it hampers the export of Palestine products.
This warning was sounded by Vladimir Jabotinsky, world Zionist Revisionist leader, addressing an enthusiastic audience of 4,000 persons at Mecca Temple Saturday night.
The address, in which Jabotinsky explained Revisionism as an attempt at a “New Deal in Zionism,” marked his first public appearance in the United States after an interval of nine years. He will leave this afternoon on a nationwide speaking tour to explain Revisionism to American Jewry in all parts of the country.
Emphasizing that the Revisionist demand for recognizing Palestine as a Jewish State is nothing but a minimum demand, Jabotinsky gave a two-hour all-around analysis of the present political and economic situation there, and made it clear that the question of Jewish colonization is actually a question of internal and foreign marketing.
“The absorptive capacity of the land depends on the amount of goods the settlers are able to sell at home and abroad,” he explained.
The Revisionist leader charged the Palestine government with failing to give sufficient protection to the home market and with placing difficulties in the way of export of Palestine goods. He pointed out that “the growth of imports into Palestine is a mad race