London (Oct. 31)
Zionist circles here today stated that it is very unlikely that Dr. Chaim Weizmann, president of the Jewish Agency, would go to Palestine within the next few weeks as demanded in the virtual ultimatum presented by David Ben-Gurion, chairman of the Agency executive, when he tendered his resignation from that body early last week. The Zionist leaders said that Dr. Weizmann’s presence here was indispensable at the present time since he is engaged in negotiations of major importance.
The Manchester Guardian, leading liberal daily, states in a lead editorial that only the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine can provide a permanent remedy for the present conflicts there. Expressing strong opposition to the White Paper, the editorial states that “it is inconceivable that the present government would petrify the Jewish national home at a certain fixed Jewish population figure and hand it over to the Arabs as a permanently inferior minority.”
Recalling the opposition to the White Paper voiced in the past by Prime Minister Churchill, Herbert Morrison, Col. Leopold Amery, and Sir Archibald Sinclair and by the Mandates Commission, the Guardian declares that “it is for the present government to say clearly that the sentence pronounced in 1939 on the promised national home cannot and will not be fulfilled.”