Jerusalem (Sep. 18)
Dr. Chaim Weizmann, who is now in London, is conducting important negotiations with top officials of the British Government in connection with the future of Palestine, it was learned here today. It was reported that Palestine High Commissioner Sir Alan G. Cunningham and Lt. General Gordon H.A. Macmillan, the civil and military commanders of Palestine, are participating in the meetings.
Dr. Weizmann is expected to leave soon for the United States where he may appear at the United Nations Assembly during the presentation of the Jewish views on the report of the U.N. Special Committee on Palestine. David Ben Gurion, chairman of the Jewish Agency executive, may remain in Palestine to cover any developments here. The make-up of the Jewish delegation to the U.N. Assembly has not been decided upon, since the Agency has not yet received a formal invitation from the United Nations.
Meanwhile, the Palestine Government is going ahead with plans to adjust the country’s economy to the present economic situation in Britain. It is learned that the government is preparing to increase customs duties on goods from the United States and other countries. At the same time, it will allow the importing of more raw materials to increase the output of Palestine’s industries. If the problem of securing modern machinery–which is complicated by the scarcity of dollars and of import licenses–could be solved, Jewish industry could fill all local needs and help to some extent to alleviate Britain’s shortages.
A message from Transjordan’s King Abdullah attacking the United Nations has been published in a new Arab magazine which was this morning suppressed by the police for failure to submit its material for censorship. The U.N., the Arab ruler declared, has no reason for intervening in the Palestine affair because, among other reasons, it is “located at the furthest end of the earth–America, country of disputes and ambitions.” He called on Britain to honor its pledges to the Palestine Arabs.