Jerusalem (Oct. 17)
Twenty thousand immigrant families could be staled in Transjordan in a 300,000-dunam area which can be irrigated at the approximate cost of $2,000,000, the Jerusalem correspondent of the London news-paper “Economist” cabled today on the basis of reliable estimates given to him. He emphasized that most of the new settlers will have to come from abroad and will have to be provided with capital and instructors.
The correspondent points out that Transjordan is economically still the most primitive land in the Middle East and that only two-thirds of its land is settled. At the some time, Transjordan is given a disproportionately large share of Palestine’s income from customs and currency profits, he says.
The influential Arab newspaper Adiffa, commenting today on Home Minister Herbert Morrison’s recent statement that Palestine was not ready for self-government because of Arab-Jewish tension, states; “we trust Mr. Morrison was speaking of the past, since Palestine’s future has already been decided by the White Paper. While we are certain the Jews will fiercely attack the future policy of the British Government, we are aware that Britain has bound herself to fulfill that promise.”