MAY 27 1938

THE pro­posed par­ti­tion of Pales­tine into a Jewish and an Arab state was not a vi­able prospect, ac­cord­ing to a JC edi­to­rial:

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“The time has ar­rived for the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment… to recog­nise the un­pop­u­lar­ity of par­ti­tion, and to give a re­ori­en­ta­tion to their whole Pales­tine pol­icy. What is asked for in place of par­ti­tion is both sim­ple and prac­ti­ca­ble. Hav­ing taken the mea­sures for the restora­tion of or­der that are sug­gested above, His Majesty’s Gov­ern­ment should an­nounce in lan­guage which no one could mis­un­der­stand their firm re­solve to con­tinue the Man­date and un­flinch­ingly to carry out its obli­ga­tions.

“They should make it clear that the so-called dual obli­ga­tion to Arabs and Jews still stands — not in its present vague­ness, but as a solemn duty to se­cure civil equal­ity for ev­ery cit­i­zen of Pales­tine, ir­re­spec­tive of race or creed. And they should leave no doubt that the ul­ti­mate ob­jec­tive of their pol­icy is to make of Pales­tine in the course of years a self-gov­ern­ing coun­try. This plan re­quires more than an ounce of the fore­sight and courage which are no in­con­sid­er­able el­e­ments in true states­man­ship. It de­mands also res­o­lu­tion and per­se­ver­ance.

“This may not be the time for a def­i­nite state­ment that the fi­nal pur­pose is to se­cure the in­clu­sion of a self-gov­ern­ing Pales­tine within the am­bit of the Bri­tish Em­pire, guided by all the high prin­ci­ples of lib­erty which are among the most glo­ri­ous of Bri­tish tra­di­tions. But it is a pur­pose which Jews de­voutly hope will be kept steadily in mind. For Jews there could be no finer des­tiny; for Bri­tain, no no­bler mis­sion.”

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