LONDON (Dec. 20)
A plan to establish a cantonized federation of Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Transjordan is now under discussion in London and in Cairo, it was reported today by the New Zionist Organization in a statement issued to the press. The scheme suggests the immigration into Palestine of 250,000 Jews within ten years and additional compensation for the number of Jews who may leave Palestine during that period.
France and Britain would allegedly become the guarantors of the sovereignty of the planned federation, with the right to veto foreign agreements endangering its independence, as well as administrative measures discriminating against minorities, the statement says.
It appears, the statement continues, that the parties interested in the project agree more or less on the general conditions under which the schemes is to be carried out, but there is still disagreement as to whether the Jews of Palestine should be offered only internal autonomy, or a state in a partitioned Palestine. Those of the sponsors of the project who insist on the establishment of a Jewish State in a partitioned Palestine argue that such a proposal is likely to secure American approval of the general plan.
Speaking in Leeds tonight, Lord Strabolgi estimated that a Jewish majority can be reached in Palestine within ten years, or less.