The Jewish Agency had been given official recognition by the League of Nations to organize Jewish communal needs. In an effort to create some balance with the Arab community, High Commissioner Samuel outlines a plan to establish an Arab Agency in Palestine to mirror the Jewish Agency as a non-legislative body. Much like the Jewish agency, the British hope that an Arab Agency would evolve into semi-official Arab political participation in Mandate decision-making. The plan, however, is rejected by the Arab elite because facilitating the Jewish national home is at the heart of British presence in Palestine.
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