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867N.01/1299: Telegram

The Consul General at Jerusalem ( Wadsworth ) to the Secretary of State

While local British circles generally maintain the view reported in the penultimate paragraph of my telegram of November 12, 4 p.m. and believe their Government’s projected new Palestine policy will include provisions drastically limiting future Jewish immigration, recognizing such limitation to be a sine qua non to Arab acquiescence, I find a growing conviction that announcement of any such policy seemed to be precluded for the time being by public reaction in England and the United States to the last fortnight’s Jewish persecutions in Germany and must await either a considerable abatement of that reaction or comprehensive plan for the settlement elsewhere than in Palestine of German Jewish refugees.

Information received from local Arab sources while not fully convincing tends to confirm Palmer’s telegram of November 11, noon, regarding the attitude of the Mufti.

As the Consulate General’s annual allotment of $700 for telegrams has already been overspent by approximately $800 I should appreciate an increase of $2000.