Jerusalem (Sep. 18)
Jews here are alarmed by a dispatch from Reuter’s received tonight, in which the British news agency, which is close to official circles, states that all major-Zionist demands have been rejected in a report submitted to the cabinet by a sub-committee appointed by Prime Minister Attlee to draft the Labor Government’s policy with regard to Palestine.
The sub-committee, according to Reuter’s, makes the following recommendations:
1. Jewish demands for the abolition of the British White Paper should be rejected. The demands for free immigration under Jewish control, as well as for the establishment of Palestine as a Jewish State are declared to be unacceptable.
2. The future Palestine policy of the British Government should be based on the White Paper, but amended for the time being to permit a maximum of 1,500 Jewish immigrants monthly. Similarly, the restrictions on land acquisition should remain in force and be amended only “by some delimitations of three zones.”
3. A Palestine Legislative Council should be established, with limited authority over internal affairs only, while all questions concerning foreign policy, security and defense should continue to be under the control of the British Government.
4. Jews should be compensated for the restricted immigration by offering them representation in the Legislative Council larger than the one-third originally proposed some time ago.