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Britain May Postpone Partition for Decade, London Hears

THE LIKELIHOOD THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WILL DECIDE TO CONTINUE TO ADMINISTER PALESTINE ON THE PRESENT BASIS AND POSTPONE PARTITIONING THE COUNTRY AT LEAST FOR A DECADE WAS DISCUSSED TODAY BY THE EVENING STANDARD.

WHILE NO DECISION HAS BEEN REACHED, IT IS LIKELY THAT THE NEW COMMISSION WHICH BRITAIN WILL SEND TO PALESTINE WILL BE GIVEN WIDER TERMS OF REFERENCE THAN THE LAST ROYAL COMMISSION AND ENCOURAGED TO MAKE ITS OWN ALTERNATIVE PROPOSALS TO PARTITION, THE STANDARD SAID.

A STRONG SECTION OF FOREIGN OFFICE OPINION IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY ALARMED OVER REACTIONS IN THE MOSLEM WORLD TO PARTITION, THE REPORT SAID, AND THIS SECTION HOLDS THAT AMID DANGERS IN THE FAR EAST BRITAIN CANNOT AFFORD FRESH DIFFICULTIES IN PALESTINE.

THE JERUSALEM CORRESPONDENT OF THE TIMES REPORTS THAT SOME HOPES ARE BEING EXPRESSED THAT THE LESSON INFLICTED ON ARMED ARAB BANDS WILL RESULT IN IMPROVEMENT IN THE GENERAL SITUATION BUT PUBLIC OPINION IS NOT OPTIMISTIC. HE ASSERTS IT IS NOT APPARENT ON WHAT GROUNDS THE COLONIAL SECRETARY BASED HIS STATEMENT IN COMMONS LAST WEEK THAT THERE WAS NOTICEABLE IMPROVEMENT IN SECURITY.

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