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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 894

  Mr. Welles told Mr. Moffett he appreciated being kept informed
regarding the situation in Saudi Arabia, but added that this Gov-
ernment is not officially concerned in the present Palestine dispute
nor had it taken any position with respect thereto.
                                                WALLACE MURRAY
867N.01/784: Telegram
The Consul General at Jerusalem  (Wadsworth) to the Secretary
                             of State
                                  JERUSALEM, July 12,1937-6 p. m.
                                       [Received July i2-5 p. m.]
  Local reaction one of intense interest and feeling but no serious
disturbance public security anticipated.
  Discussion centers on Commission's finding that mandate is un-
workable and consequent recommendation for partition.
  All Arabs accept the finding; all Jews repudiate it arguing fault
lies with administration.
  In both camps divergent views are held on the recommendation.
Among Arabs Mufti refuses in principle and declines in practice to
consider it; Emir Abdullah'9 urges acceptance on ground realities
must be faced but wants modification of proposed boundary and Arab
administrations in neutral enclave; Nashashibi 20 side-steps principle
willing negotiate for favorable modifications. Among joint owner-
ship [sic] general Zionists refuse in principle but imply would accept
in practice if modifications made to include in Jewish State new
Jerusalem and Jordan colonies, afford opportunity to develop Negev
and avoid subvention to Arab State; important group of Labor Zion-
ists while urging similar modification reported willing to accept what
they can get.
  Iraq Government's statement categorically opposing partition be-
lieved based on combination sympathy and curiosity, [sic] strengthen
internal position greatly fortifies Mufti's stand.
867N.01/797: Telegram
   The Charge in Iraq (Satterthwaite) to the Secretary of State
                                   BAGHDAD, July 17, 1937-11 a. m.
                                   [Received July 17-7:32 a. m.]
  19. My 18, July 13, 1 p. M.21 Iraq Government appears to be taking
lead in opposition to Palestine partition scheme and yesterday after-
  19Abdullah Ibn Hussein of Transjordan.
  20Raghib Bey au-Nashashibi, ex-mayor of Jerusalem and leader of the Na-
tional Defense Party.
  21 Not printed.

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