Jerusalem (May. 26)
A report from Amman, where Emir Abdullah was yesterday crowned first king of the independent kingdom of Transjordan, says that Abdul Rahman Azzam Bey, secretary general of the Arab League, a guest at the ceremonies, warned of a possible repetition in the Middle East of a war along the lines of the France rebellion in Spain, with each side relying on larger powers for open and concealed assistance.
If war breaks out between the Jews and Arabs, “no (Arab) government or king could refuse to send assistance,” Azzam Bey is quoted as saying. “Apart from economic sanctions, there is no doubt the Arab states would send arms on a large scale.” He warned that such a conflict might develop within a year. Emir Abdullah also touched on the Palestine question in his first speech from the throne, declaring that “Palestine, that afflicted Arab country, will be given our constant attention.”
It was announced yesterday that one-third of Palestine’s budget for next year will be allotted to the police force. About $25,000,000 will be used to train, equip and maintain the more than 9,000 regular and 5,700 temporary officers and man. Special emphasis will be laid on training anti-guerrilla and anti-riot units and equipping them with armored cars.