I came across an interesting newspaper article published on February 27, 1920, in the Manchester Guardian newspaper (the forerunner of the modern Guardian newspaper), it's titled, "Some essential features of the Zionist Programme".
The author is listed as "from our Special Correspondent" and the location of the writing is given as Jerusalem.
The 'voice' of the piece appears to be an entirely Zionist one, as you may guess from the quotations that follow.
The article starts as follows:
"Neither at the Peace Conference nor since have the Zionists asked for a Jewish State in Palestine, that the government of the country should be handed over to the Jews"
That's interesting. As I've remarked previously on Shiachat, the Zionist ambitions seem to have changed over time.
A Jewish Palestine will be the solidest pillar of British influence in the Near East and a stout bulwark to the Imperial sea road of the Suez Canal. As it grows it will be equal to its own self-defence and in time of trial will render substantial help to the mandatory.
Well Britain is no longer the power it once was, and these promises are nowadays being made to the Americans.
A Jewish Palestine will be the chief gate for the economic penetration of most of Asia. The Palestinian Jews will know the languages and the ways of the East. There are notable commercial settlements of Jews in Bagdad, in Persia, in India, in the Straits, in Hong Kong and Shanghai. For all these the Jewish Palestine will be the base and all this tremendous machinery of commercial expansion will be at the service of the industry and the commerce of the mandatory power of Great Britain.
Hmm. This might have been labelled as being anti-semitic if the source had been non-Jewish.
The salaries offered to police and many civil servants and railway workers are too low for a Jew to live upon and the pay offered to roadmakers - almost the only "public work" now being executed - is impossible for Jews. Against such dangers Jews have every right to be safeguarded.
I am not entirely sure what is being proposed here to the British rulers of Palestine, perhaps it may be a two level pay structure, higher pay for Jews vs. Arabs?
Interestingly the Zionist promoters of these ideas seem quite happy to use the term Palestine and nowhere is Israel mentioned.