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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa

Palestine,   pp. 881-922 PDF (15.0 MB)

Page 884

867N.00/463: Telegram
The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Bingham) to the Secretary
                            of State
                                   LONDON, May 29, 1937-2 p. m.
                                   [Received May 29-9: 35 a. m.]
  320. Department's 171, May 12, 5 p. m. From Alling. Acting
Head of Eastern Department of Foreign Office told me today that
Inquiry Commission's report was now being put in final form but
would probably not be completed before the middle of June. There-
after the Government will presumably have to decide whether to
accept the report or to reject it in whole or in part. The Government
will also have to determine whether to announce its policy with respect
to Palestine at the same time the Commission's report is published
or to decide upon new policy after there has been time to estimate re-
action to the report. It was understood that the Parliamentary oppo-
sition was pressing for the latter alternative but that for obvious
reasons the former course would probably be followed. In any case
it is expected that the report will not be made public before the first
part of July. Except in the unlikely event that the report is rejected
by the Government, it must of course be published prior to meeting of
Mandates Commission about July 26 since there is no disposition to
ask for another postponement of that meeting. [Alling.]
Memorandum by the Assistant Chief of the Divi.sion of Near Eastern
  Affairs (Alling) of a Conversation With the Head of, the Eastern
  Department of the British Foreign Office (Rendel)
                                          [LONDON,] June 1, 1937.
  After discussing a recent trip which Mr. Rendel had made across
Arabia, I stated that I had had instructions from the State Depart-
ment to stop in while passing through London to discuss the Palestine
situation. I explained that from a conversation I had had on Satur-
day, May 29th, with Mr. Baggallay (then Acting Head of the East-
ern Department) I had understood that the Report of the Royal
Commission of Inquiry would not be in final form before the middle
of June; that it would then be considered by the Government; and
that it would probably not be published before the early part of July.
I added that it was my understanding that after considering the
report the Government would determine whether to announce its
policy simultaneously with the publication of the report or to publish
the report first and then to determine on policy after an opportunity
had been afforded to study public reaction.

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