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Curzon Attacks, Ormsby Gore Defends, Palestine Policy

June 5, 1923
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Questions implying a challenge of the policy pursued by the British Government in Palestine were put by Lord Curzon, Foreign Secretary, in the House of Commons today. Replies to the questions conveying conviction in the success of the policy were furnished by Major Ormsby-Gore, in charge of the Mid-East Section of the Colonial Office.

Replying to Lord Curzon’s question regarding the new Advisory Council, Ormsby-Gore stated the Council, which is temporarily replacing the proposed Legislative Council, consists of 8 Mohammedans, 2 Christians and 2 Jews. Its function is purely advisory and not administrative, he said. Palestine will continue to be administrated by the High Commissioner, acting under the instruction of the Bristish Government. He added that an opportunity to consider the government’s policy would be given when the Foreign Office vote is taken.

Lord Curzon asked whether the result of the elections has not shown the “complete failure” of the Palestine policy, to which Ormsby Gore replied: “I do not agree. As a matter of fact, Palestine has been more peaceful and has been going ahead much better in the last few months than at any previous time.”

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