Jerusalem (Nov. 13)
Transjordania, an independent state from Palestine, of which it was once part, but under the responsibility of the High Commissioner for Palestine may be annexed to Palestine by the British government in order to settle the quarrel between the tribesmen of the Nejd and Transjordania, the usually well-informed Amman correspondent of the Egyptian daily, El Ahram, reports today.
The British government has rejected the demand of the opposition in the Transjordan legislature that the tribal agreements of Syria and the Jebel Druses be laid before the legislature. The government considers that these international pacts require only the assent of Emir Abdullah, the ruler of Transjordania.
Unless peace is made shortly between the tribes in Nejd and Transjordan, Great Britain will end the quarrel between Ibn Saud, the sultan of Nejd and Abdullah by unseating the latter and replacing him by an Arab prince acceptable to Ibn Saud, the Ahram’s correspondent asserts.
Peace in the desert is a great desideratum now for Britain because of the proposed Haifa-Bagdad railway and the Mosul pipeline. Transjordania, which has been closed to Jewish colonization, was detached from Palestine and set up as an independent Arab state within the Palestine Mandate on September 1, 1922.