London (Sep. 23)
Reliable sources today told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the British Government has reached a decision on Palestine which does not canform to the stand taken by the Labor Party at its last convention. The decision provides for limited Jewish immigration, the JTA informants said.
Oliver Stanley, former Colonial Minister, writing today in the Sunday Times, enphasizes the urgent need for a solution of the Palestine problem. “Within the next few weeks,” he writes, “a momentous decision must be taken with regard to the future of this distressed and distressing country, and the penalties for making an error will be great.
“Before the elections,” the former Minister continues, “the Labor Party proposed an unqualified and uncompromising solution which had more regard for the voting strength in this country than for justice and the real facts in the Middle East. Since the election, the Socialist Government asked for time to think the problem over. Though it might have been better if the Labor Party had thought before it spoke, it is at least something that after having spoken, it should now think.”
The former Colonial Minister also warns of the difficulties of bi-national self-government for Palestine. This, he says, would give one racial majority perpetual demination over the other communities alien to this majority in race, religion, oustoes and language. At the same time, he pledges that a “sympathetic realistic policy on the part of the Labor Government with regard to Palestine,” and “quick, decisive sotion” will be supported by all parties in England. “No one is more anxious for the success of Colonial Secretary Hall than those who previously occupied his chair,” the ex-Colonial Minister asserts.