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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
(1937)

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


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FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1937, VOLUME II
that other factors in the situation were being examined. Mr. Rendel
replied that the Foreign Office was naturally glad to be told of the
interest of American Jews in the Palestine problem. The Foreign
Office would of course take into consideration the feeling of Jews in
New York just as it would consider the feelings of the Jews in Warsaw
and the Arabs and Moslems in countries which were neighbors of
Palestine in the Near East.
  I asked Mr. Rendel whether he considered it possible that the
eventual solution of the Palestine problem would be of such a nature
as to require that changes be made in the Mandate-changes which
would necessitate the consent of the Council of the League of Nations.
He replied that it was altogether possible that the solution finally
decided upon would require changes in the Mandate and that naturally
any such changes would require the consent of the Council of the
League. I then referred to Article 7 of our Palestine Mandate Con-
vention with Great Britain 7 providing that no changes in the Mandate
would affect the rights of the United States, as defined in the Con-
vention, unless such changes had been assented to by the United
States. Mr. Rendel replied that the Foreign Office was of course
aware of this provision, but he could not conceive that any changes
that might be made in the Mandate would in any way affect the rights
of the United States. Those rights were to a large extent of an
economic character, providing for equality of commercial opportunity,
etc. He did not feel that it would be possible to hold legally that
the British Government was under any obligation under the terms
of the Mandate Convention to obtain the consent of the United States
to changes in the Mandate unless those changes affected American
rights as defined in that Convention. He did not see how any changes
that might be proposed in the Mandate, as a result of the Report of
the Commission of Inquiry would be likely in any way to affect those
rights. Consequently he could see no basis on which the United
States could claim that it should be consulted respecting such changes
as it might prove necessary to make in the Mandate.
  Finally Mr. Rendel again thanked me for the information I had
given him regarding the views of certain Jewish groups in the United
States concerning the Palestine problem.
867N.00/473a: Telegram
  The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambas8ador in the United
                      Kingdom (Bingham)
                             WASHINGTON, June 23, 1937-5 p. m.
  256. Upon the forthcoming publication of the report of the Royal
Commission of Inquiry the Department foresees the necessity of
' Signed at London, December 3, 1924, Foreign Relations, 1924, vol. a, p.
212.
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