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:
“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.”