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Evening Post Looks for Peace in Zionist Camp

September 27, 1923
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A better understanding between the two camps of opinion “in which the American Zionist movement is at present divided” is looked forward to by the New York Evening Post in an editorial of September 25th entitled “The Outlook in Palestine”.

The editorial quotes Sir Alfred Mond, Minister of Health under Lloyd George, who told an audience of American Zionists on Sunday that the attitude of the British Government on the subject of the Jewish Homeland in Palestine has not changed.

After declaring that the anti-Zionist pressure in Great Britain would have to be much more powerful than it has shown itself in order to bring about the repudiation of the policy so formally laid down in the famous Balfour Declaration, the Evening Post says that the rabid reduction of the British garrison in Palestine with consequent relief for the British tax-payer has taken most of the wind out of the campaign against the Zionist project.

The editorial in part follows:

“Arab hostility to the Zionist movement has also given signs of slackening. One element among the Arab population seems now to be willing to cooperate with the Government under which the gradual realization of moderate Zionist aims can be promoted without infringing on native rights. Concessions have come from the other side.

“There is little doubt that in the first flush of enthusiasm engendered by the Balfour Declaration there were put forth from the Zionist camp claims that took too little notice of existing political and social conditions and programmes that outran the economic facts in Palestine. Much greater stress is now being laid upon the upbuilding of the Jewish homeland through agricultural and industrial development than on the creation of a homeland by fiat.

“With the growth of the spirit of moderation in the Zionist world organization the chances have been growing for a better understanding between the two camps of opinion in which the American Zionist movement is at present divided.”

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