London (Dec. 30)
David Ben Gurion, newly-elected chairman of the executive of the World Zionist Organization, is expected in London this week for talks with members of the British Government, it was revealed today by a Jewish Agency spokesman. He hopes to explore with the Foreign Office, as well as with the Colonial Office, the possibilities of reaching an understanding which would enable the Jewish Agency to attend the Conference on Palestine.
Jewish groups in London who have been invited by the government to send representatives to the parley on Palestine will meet this week to decide what stand to take on participation in the conference in light of the resolution adopted by the Zionist Congress in Basle. Present at the meeting will be the heads of the Jewish Agency office in London, representatives of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and leaders of the Anglo-Jewish Association and of the Agudas Israel.
The Anglo-Jewish Association and the Agudas Israel have repeatedly expressed their anxiety over what might transpire at the London parley if Jewish representatives do not attend. Although so far they have not deviated from the principle that they will not participate in the talks unless the Jewish Agency joins, there are some elements in the Agudas Israel who now advocate participation under any circumstances.