11 JULY 1931, Page 2

The Zionist Congress In spite of the natural disappointment at

the setback to the more ardent hapes of Zionism implied by the recent policy of Great Britain towards Palestine, the course of the Congress at Bale has on the whole been satis- factory. Dr. Weizmann, although he has not followed- the lead of the Chairman, Dr. Sokolow, in all particulars, opened up real hopes for the future when he denounced "vague formulas, however imposing, which did not correspond to realities," and urged a practical policy which takes account of actual conditions. We see nothing either in the past conduct or the recent announce- ments of British policy to prevent the satisfaction of legitimate Zionist hopes ; but these hopes cease to be legitimate if they threaten the natural rights of an existing population. The fulfilment of any promise made to the Zionists must be conditional upon the safeguarding of those rights, and should have been understood to be so when the promise was made.