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Favors Haifa As Palestine Port

November 19, 1923
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Haifa with its natural harbor facilities is favored as the site for the port of Palestine in a report submitted by Engineer Palmer, an authority on harbor construction, who has been assigned by the Colonial Office of the British Government to study the relative advantages of Haifa and Jaffa for purposes of the port.

The sum of 1,500,000 pounds will be required for the construction in Palmer’s opinion.

The port question has been very much to the fore ever since the British took possession of Palestine. Public opinion in this country is divided as to the advantages of the two places. While the Palestine Chamber of Commerce has favored Haifa because of the natural harbor afforded by the Gulf of Acre, a prominent section of the Palestine merchant class has constantly advocated in favor of Jaffa. It is understood that the oil pipe line from Mesopotamia which is to end at Haifa has had something to do with Mr. Palmer’s opinion.

The question of finding the capital for the port construction is now before the Palestine authorities, as the Government has used up in advance almost half of the $10,000,000 loan which is about to be floated, private capital is being sought for the port. Baron Edmond de Rothschild, of Paris, is said to have promised to assume part of the financing of the construction and to have asked his co-religionists in America to cooperate with him.

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