London (Aug. 2)
The British Government is consulting with Washington and Moscow concerning the Palestine problem, it was revealed today by the Manchester Guardian.
“It is unlikely that the Jewish claims with regard to Palestine can be met in full or on short notice,” the paper writes commenting on Dr. Weizmann’s speech yesterday at the opening of the World Zionist Conference. “But the British government is pondering the problem and consulting on it with Russia and the United States. In the meantime it would be an act of courage, generosity and wisdom for the British Government to open the doors of Palestine at once and to grant immigration permits which mean so much to the happiness of the waiting refugees.”
The editorial praises Dr. Weizmann as “a statesman whose vision never lifted from the narrow confines of Jewish politics, but when he speaks for his own people, on such occasion his words ring out with eloquence of the Old Testament.” No one can read Dr. Weizmann’s address of yesterday without emotion, the article concludes.
All other British newspapers, including the London Times, the News-Chronicle, and the Daily Herald, which is the organ of the Labor Party, abstain from commenting on Dr. Weizmann’s address. The New Statesman and Nation, a liberal weekly, says that a firm stand for a Jewish home in Palestine must be balanced by a creative policy looking towards the development of Iraq and other Arab countries. “The Jewish population in Palestine is nearing desperation,” the paper writes, “and if Britain delays or forgets the tragedy of the situation, it may become impossible for Weizmann and other realistic Zionists to prevent violent outbreaks.” The article urges that Jews should be given a chance to carry out their great irrigation scheme.