Churchill Urges Jews, Arabs to Settle Differences; Sees 2 States at War

WINSTON CHURCHILL TODAY APPEALED TO JEWS AND ARABS TO USE THE NEXT FEW MONTHS IN AN EFFORT TO RESTORE PEACE AND REVIVE THE PROSPERITY OF “THEIR JOINT ESTATE.”

WRITING IN THE EVENING STANDARD UNDER THE HEADLINE “PARTITION PERILS PALESTINE,” THE BRITISH STATESMAN DESCRIBED PARTITION AS A “COUNSEL OF DESPAIR.”

MR. CHURCHILL, TOGETHER WITH DAVID LLOYD GEORGE, WEDNESDAY FRAMED THE AMENDMENT WHICH PERMITTED COLONIAL SECRETARY WILLIAM ORMSBY-GORE TO PRESENT PARTITION TO THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS BUT WITHOUT COMMITTING THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.

IN THE ARTICLE, THE FORMER CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER BLAMES OUTSIDE DEVELOPMENTS FOR THE EVENTS OF THE LAST TWO YEARS, CITING PERSECUTION OF GERMAN JEWS FOLLOWED BY THE ENORMOUS INCREASE IN JEWISH IMMIGRATION WHICH, HE DECLARES, CONFRONTED ARABS WITH THE PROSPECT OF BEING SWAMPED.

HE WRITES THAT PARTITION MARKS THE END OF THE ZIONIST DREAM AND WILL INEVITABLY LEAD TO COMPLETE EVACUATION OF PALESTINE BY BRITAIN.

DISCUSSING THE STRATEGIC ASPECTS OF THE SITUATION, MR. CHURCHILL FORESEES THE INEVITABILITY OF WAR BETWEEN THE JEWISH AND ARAB STATES. SINCE BRITAIN FINDS IT IMPOSSIBLE TO GUARANTEE THE RIGHTS OF MINORITIES IN THE PROPOSED STATES, HE DECLARES, THE WAY WILL BE OPENED TO NAZI AND FASCIST PROPAGANDA. THE PROPAGANDA, MR. CHURCHILL HOLDS, WILL BE USED TO AROUSE AND TO MARSHALL THE ARAB PEOPLES AND USE THEM AS A NEW MEANS OF PRESSURE UPON THE “BRITISH CONSTABLE ON HIS DIFFICULT BEAT.”

COLONIAL SECRETARY WILLIAM ORMSBY-GORE’S “POLITICAL INEPTITUDE,” WAS STRONGLY CRITICIZED YESTERDAY BY THE LONDON EVENING STANDARD IN AN EDITORIAL COMMENTING ON THE HOUSE OF COMMONS ACTION IN REFUSING TO VOTE ON PALESTINE PARTITION.

THE EDITORIAL SAID IN PART:

“HAVING DEFENDED THE ROYAL COMMISSION PROPOSALS AND THE GOVERNMENT’S ACCEPTANCE WITH A MAXIMUM OF EMPHASIS AND A MINIMUM OF CONVINCING LOGIC, MR. ORMSBY-GORE FINALLY ACCEPTED AN AMENDMENT VITALLY CHANGING HIS MOTION (THAT THE PROPOSALS BE APPROVED BY COMMONS). THE RESULT OF THIS UNFORTUNATE, HASTY STATECRAFT IS UNHAPPY FOR THE GOVERNMENT, IS UNCREDITABLE FOR THE COLONIAL SECRETARY, BUT HAS ONE GREAT MERIT. A SPEEDY END WILL BE PUT TO A BAD BUSINESS.”

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