Parley on Palestine to Be Deferred Until After New Year

Proposed Government conferences with Arabs and Jews to effect amicable settlement of the prolonged Palestine conflict will not begin until after the New Year, it was learned here today, although Colonial Secretary Malcolm MacDonald is already informally seeing Arab representatives and Zionist leaders with whom he is in frequent communication.

The impending debates in the House of Commons and the House of Lords are expected strongly to influence the Government’s attitude, since strong sentiment in favor of retention of the League mandate and wider Jewish immigration, sharpened by realization of the need to aid the Jews resulting from the Nazi pogroms, is expected to be demonstrated.

Meanwhile, the Zionist General Council continued in emergency session to map the Zionist course of action with regard to the proposed conferences. Declaring a new period of struggle for Jewish rights was opening in Palestine, Moshe Shertok, head of the Jewish Agency’s political department, told the Council that Palestine Jewry was sufficiently rooted in the country’s soil to resist attacks and to move ahead.

Dr. Israel Goldstein, president of the Jewish National Fund of America, declared the United States should be invited to the London conferences on Palestine along with the Arab states.

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