Cabinet Crisis Reveals Syrians Insist on Incorporation of Palestine into “greater Syria”

The determination of certain groups in Syria to have Palestine, Transjordan and Lebanon incorporated into a “Greater Syria”, which led to the resignation this week of Premier Faris el Khouri after a stormy session of the Syrian Parliament, is attracting attention in the Egyptian press. Khouri has been asked to form a new cabinet, the Beirut radio reported today.

Explaining his position, Khouri told the Syrian Parliament that he felt that the proposal for the establishment of a “Greater Syria” was premature at the present time and that the plan might allow Jews to immigrate to other states in the proposed Greater Syria besides Palestine.

In the Egyptian Senate this week, nationalist members were critical of the decisions of the pan-Arab conference in Cairo as they applied to Palestine. They charged that the charter adopted there did not go for enough in ensuring the demands of Palestine Arabs, and gave little guarantee that Arab nations will oppose Zionism. The charter, as finally adopted, alleged that Palestine should be an independent state in accordance with the League of Nations ruling on mandated territories and called for full support of Arab claims on Palestine.

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