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Parliament Seen Accepting Partition After Fight on Details

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POLITICAL CIRCLES TODAY VOICED THE OPINION THAT PARLIAMENT WILL ACCEPT THE ROYAL COMMISSION’S PROPOSAL TO TRIPARTITION PALESTINE, ALREADY ADOPTED AS A COMMAND PAPER BY THE CABINET.

THE ONLY IMPORTANT CRITICISM OF THE PLAN, IT IS FELT, WILL BE DIRECTED AGAINST DETAILS SUCH AS THE PROPOSED FRONTIERS OF THE ARAB AND JEWISH STATES AND SUBVENTIONS WHICH THE COMMISSION SUGGESTED THE JEWISH STATE SHOULD PAY TO THE ARAB AS AN OFFSET TO ACQUISITION OF TERRITORY CONSIDERED MOSLEM.

AFTER VIRTUALLY UNANIMOUS ACCEPTANCE OF THE SCHEME AS ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY NIGHT, BY THE BRITISH PRESS OF ALL SHADES OF OPINION, POLITICAL LEADERS WERE BELIEVED READY TO ACCEPT THE PRINCIPLE OF PARTITION.

LABORITES, LIBERALS AND MANY CONSERVATIVES, HOWEVER, ARE EXPECTED TO WAGE A DETERMINED FIGHT TO REMOVE SUCH ANOMALIES AS EXCLUSION FROM THE JEWISH STATE OF DEGANIA AND THE RUTTENBERG POWER STATION BY THE DRAWING OF A PURELY ARTIFICIAL FRONTIER.

THEY ARE ALSO EXPECTED TO MAKE AN EFFORT TO SECURE FOR THE JEWS MORE THAN THE 1,200 SQUARE MILES ALLOCATED TO THE JEWISH STATE IN THE COMMISSION’S PROPOSALS.

THE LABOR PARTY HAS DECIDED TO FORM A SPECIAL COMMITTEE UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF CLEMENT ATTLEE TO CONSIDER THE COMMISSION’S REPORT. LIBERAL M.P.’S CONTEMPLATE SIMILAR ACTION.

THE REACTION OF THE PERMANENT MANDATES COMMISSION OF THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS IS EAGERLY AWAITED, SINCE THAT BODY MUST APPROVE THE SCHEME IF IT IS TO BE ENACTED.

SOME HERE BELIEVE THE MANDATES COMMISSION, WHICH MEETS JULY 30 TO ACT ON THE MANDATORY’S DELAYED 1936 REPORT, IS LIKELY TO VIEW THE PLAN WITH DISPLEASURE ON THE GROUND THAT IT STRIKES A SERIOUS SLOW AGAINST THE WHOLE MANDATORY SYSTEM.

REACTION OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT IS ALSO EAGERLY AWAITED, SINCE UNDER THE 1924 UNITED STATES-GREAT BRITAIN-PALESTINE MANDATE CONVENTION, AMERICA’S CONSENT TO ANY CHanges in administration of the Mandate must be obtained.

(UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR ROBERT WORTH BINGHAM CONFERRED TODAY WITH FOREIGN SECRETARY ANTHONY EDEN ON THE ROYAL COMMISSION’S PLAN, THE HAVAS NEWS AGENCY REPORTED.)

IN THIS CONNECTION, COLONIAL SECRETARY WILLIAM ORMSBY-GORE AND J.M. MARTIN, SECRETARY TO THE ROYAL COMMISSION AND A COLONIAL OFFICE ATTACHE, ARE GOING TO GENEVA, WHILE IT IS BELIEVED THE BRITISH AMBASSADOR AT WASHINGTON HAS BEEN INSTRUCTED TO MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO SECURE AMERICAN ASSENT.

A STRONGLY DISSENTING NOTE CONDEMNING THE REPORT WAS SOUNDED TODAY BY LORD STRABOLGI, WHO PLACED THE ENTIRE BLAME FOR THE PALESTINE TROUBLES ON BRITISH OFFICIALS AND ACCUSED THE ROYAL COMMISSION OF NEGLECTING IMPERIAL INTERESTS.

COL. JOSIAH WEDGWOOD, LABORITE, ALSO ASSAULTED THE REPORT FOR ITS “UTTER DISREGARD OF THE JEWS.” THE NEW STATESMAN AND NATION, INFLUENTIAL WEEKLY, CHARACTERIZED PARTITION AS AN ADMISSION OF DEFEAT AND VOICED THE HOPE THAT THE BRITISH TROOPS NOW STANDING BY IN PALESTINE WOULD NOT HAVE TO BE USED TO QUELL A CIVIL WAR.

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