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December 27, 1928
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The attitude of the Liberal Jews in England was set forth recently in the current issue of the “Jewish Religious Union Bulletin.” In the course of a statement it was said:

“We should like to make sure that the Jewish Agency will be only an economic instrument without political significance and political interest; but it might be difficult to give such an assurance. We should like to feel that the efforts made by some Jews to establish themselves in their own countries, like the new Jewish colonists in Russia, will not be jeopardized by the concentration of Jewish interest in Palestine. Ignorance on these and other points may, however, be the condition of unity. And some may think that the ignorance which leads to unity may be a better thing than the wisdom that causes division. With confusion in wisdom, ‘good feelings’ have a better chance. Moreover, though oft discredited, the policy of ‘wait and see’ will always have its pragmatic value.

“Should we, then, support the Jewish Agency? It looks like a case for balancing evils. Nobody seems quite happy about it all; but a lot of people want to be. If Zionists are satisfied to take money and advice from those who do not want a Jewish State in Palestine, and these in their turn are willing to give money to the Zionists who do want a Jewish State in Palestine, the scheme should work successfully. But will there be then a Jewish State in Palestine? Both sides agree in the enigmatic answer: Time will decide.”

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