NEW YORK (Dec. 15)
The British-Jewish-Arab conferences on Palestine represent “the last chance to come to terms with the people amongst whom fate has thrown us,” declares Dr. Maurice B. Hexter, former member of the Palestine Executive of the Jewish Agency, in an article in Notes and News, publication of the Council of Federations and Welfare Funds.
Dr. Hexter states, however, that “I am not over-sanguine that these simultaneous conferences may be merged into one round table conference; nor that, if so merged, a genuine accord will grow out of them. Passions are still running high. Arab nationalism is almost at its zenith; international order and morality at their nadir; the call of strangling Jewries irresistibly insistent.”
Dr. Hexter is one of the first Jewish leaders to welcome the inclusion of the Arab states neighboring Palestine in the negotiations. Declaring that an interest in the solution of the Palestine question has been awakened in these countries and that Jews might be among the representatives sent by these governments, he said that Colonial Secretary Malcolm MacDonald “was extremely incisive in his judgment when he decided to include representatives of neighboring Arab territories.”