Alexandria, Egypt (Aug. 2)
“The Jewish problem in Palestine” is one of the major obstacles to the plan of Arab leaders to “re-unite” Palestine, Transjordan and Lebanon in a greater Syria as a prelude to the formation of a confederation of Arab states, It was stated here today by Premier Nuri Pasha es-Said of Iraq after a week-end conference with Egyptian Premier Nahas Pasha.
Nuri Pasha told a press conference that he had talked with Arab leaders in Palestine, Transjordan and Lebanon and had found “general agreement that the first essential is reunion in a united Syria as existed before the first World War.” He asserted that obstacles to this development were “the Jewish problem in Palestine” and the French mandate in Syria, which, he said, must first be settled by agreement with the United Nations.
Up to the first World War, Syria embraced Palestine. Under the Sykes-Picot treaty of 1916, Britain and France agreed upon the partition of Syria, and in 1918 French troops occupied northern Syria, and British troops southern Syria, or Palestine. Syria had been part of the Turkish empire.