Jerusalem (Dec. 10)
Responsible Zionist circles today revealed that Dr. Chaim Weizmann, president of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, was received by Prime Minister Winston Churchill in London prior to the latter’s departure for the Cairo and Teheran conferences.
Great importance is attached to the Churchill-Weizmann meeting since it has been known that the British Prime Minister for a long time had hesitated to meet with Dr. Weizmann. It is believed that the recent presence in London of Gen. Smuts, Premier of South Africa, who is a great supporter of Zionist claims, is responsible for the fact that Churchill agreed to discuss with Dr. Weizmann a number of problems concerning the future of Palestine.
(The Jewish Chronicle in London today reported that Gen. Smuts, while temporarily replacing Churchill as chairman of the British War Council, met in London with Dr. Weizmann. The report added that Premier Smuts sent a cable to the Board of Jewish Deputies in South Africa declaring that he is “personally in touch with Dr. Weizmann” regarding the question of rescuing Jews from occupied Europe.)
In the light of the Churchill-Weizmann talk, Zionist leaders here consider last week’s articles on Palestine in the London Times as the first step in the preparation of the Palestine problem. The Times articles, while analyzing the attitude of the Jews and the Arabs toward the White Paper, suggested that Palestine can never be an independent state unless cooperation between Jews and Arabs is achieved. Zionist leaders here and in London, however, do not consider the new partition plan a solution of the Arab-Jewish problem. They point out that under this plan, the details of which are known here, no large Jewish immigration could be absorbed.