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Zionist Congress Will Decide on Participation in London Conference on Palestine

The World Zionist Congress will probably decide in favor of Jewish participation in the London conference on Palestine, it was predicted today by a spokesman of the Jewish Agency executive at a press conference here.

Outlining the major problems which will be discussed by the Congress, the spokesman stressed the fact that no specific proposal for the future of Palestine will be made by the Jewish Agency executive to the Congress. He strongly denied that any informal communication containing such a proposal has been received by any member of the executive from the British Government.

The spokesman pointed out that partition was originally a British proposal and not a Jewish plan. Nevertheless, he said, the Jewish Agency is ready to discuss partition as “an act of sacrifice and compromise actuated by a sense of urgency.” He explained that the term “viable state” means the borders outlined in the report of Lord Peel with rectifications in Northern Palestine and the inclusion of the Negev and the Jewish part of Jerusalem.

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