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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, 19 3 7, VOLUME II
  3. While the foregoing represents the views of His Majesty's Gov-
ernment as to their lega obligations towards the United States Gov-
ernment in the matter, they fully appreciate, and indeed welcome
the interest taken b the United States Government in the question oi
the solution of the Palestine problem, and it is their intention to keep
the United States Government fully informed of any proposals which
they may put forward to the Council of the League for the modifica-
tion of the Mandate. I have, et cetera,".
                                                        BINGHAM
867N.O1/775: Telegram
  The Consul General at Beirut (Marriner) to the Secretary of State
                                       BEIRUT, July 9, 1937-noon.
                                            [Received 2:05 p. m.]
  Arabic opinion as expressed in the press here and in Damascus is in
general dissatisfied with Royal Commission report on Palestinell
stating that the "surgical operation" proposed by Great Britain
is
destined to create confusion, to leave all power on the divide and rule
principle to England, and effectively to cut the Arabs away from the
coast line and all the richer lands. At the request of the British, the
general commanding here assures me that strict measures have been
taken for guarding the Palestine frontier to prevent any armed bands
from Syria crossing to assist in possible demonstrations. The inten-
tion attributed to the Nationalist Party of preparing and arming such
bands, allegedly at the request of the Grand Mufti 17 of Jerusalem who
recently visited Damascus, has been categorically denied by Nationalist
leaders. They state that while they sympathize with the Arabs in
Palestine there can be no question of armed intervention.
                                                       MARRINER
867N.01/774: Telegram
The Ambassador in the United Kingdomr (Binghaim) to the Secretary
                             of State
                                      LONDON, July 9, 1937-7 p. m.
                                    [Received July 9-2: 35 p. m.]
  456. I saw the Foreign Minister by appointment this morning to
deliver to him your 281, July 7, 10 a. m., and took advantage of the
occasion to outline to him at some length American interest in the
whole Palestine problem. I stressed not only the concern of my Gov-
ernment in the matter but likewise that of the American people.
Eden said your message would have every consideration and assured
1f British Cmd. 5479: Palestine, Royal Oommi88ion Report, July, 1937.
" Haj Amin Efendi al-Husseini.
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