Timewarp: Mohammed Aly suggests another Arab monarchy

Egyptian regent's solution: Saudian prince preferred to Emir Abdullah

Palestine Post 311 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Palestine Post 311
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The creation of an Arab Monarchy under the Emir Abdullah, uniting either Palestine and Syria or Palestine, Trans-Jordan and Iraq (with no provision made for King Ghazi) is stated to be the substance of the plan submitted by Prince Mohammed Aly, President of the Egyptian Regency Council, to the British Government, according to information received by the Deutsches Nachrichtenbureau (German News Agency), Jerusalem, from a wellinformed source.
The proposal, or rather the two proposals, were submitted simultaneously to the High Commissioner for Palestine and Lord Lloyd, according to the D.N.B. and through them to the British Government which promised to give them its earnest attention.
Particulars are known only of the plan to unite Palestine and Syria, but it is stated expressly that the alternative suggestion, too, provides for a Monarchy under the Emir Abdullah and that no attention is apparently given to the position of the present King of Iraq.
The Syro-Palestinian Kingdom is to be Islamic, not secular, with special rights for the Jewish minority; Jews in fact are to receive equal civil, religious and political rights with the Moslems and Christians, but their immigration is to be restricted and they are to be expressly forbidden to work for the establishment of an independent Jewish state.
One condition
According to the D.N.B., the Jewish representatives, headed by Dr. Weizmann, have agreed to the major outlines of this project, but only on condition that a coastal strip from the Egyptian to the northern Lebanese frontier be converted into an independent Jewish state. In this case the Jews would be prepared not only to conclude a treaty of friendship with the new Arab Kingdom, but also to assist it financially.
Satisfactory in principal
In Palestine Arab circles the Mohammed Aly plan is regarded as highly satisfactory in principle, but difficulties are expected from the candidature of the Emir Abdullah. The latter, it is stated, can count on sufficient support in Palestine, only under the condition that stringent guarantees against the growth of Jewish influence and the establishment of a Jewish state are obtained.
R.C. report to be published in JulySir Arthur in London
LONDON, Wednesday – Publication of the Royal Commission’s report on Palestinem which was signed in London yesterday, is expected to be made in the middle of next month, together with the British Governmet’s decision as to policy.
The report will be presented to the King immediately.
The “Manchester Guardian” today announces, according to the Palestine Telegraphic Agency, that the Government may issue the Royal Commission report first and announce its policy later, after the House of Commons has adjourned.
All London newspapers are unanimous in declaring that the Report recommends the partition of the country.
How to get Palestinian nationality
A reminder was issued by the Immigration Department of the Jewish Agency yesterday that all persons of previous Ottoman nationality who were resident in Palestine permanently on August 6, 1924 or August 1, 1925, can now obtain for a small payment a certificate showing them to be of Palestinian citizenship under Article 1 of the relevant Order-in-Council.
This arrangement is intended to cover such persons who were Ottoman subjects and who lived in Palestine permanently on the dates specified, and who have not taken out a Palestinian passport in the meantime. Such persons are considered automatically to have become Palestine nationals.