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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1947. The Near East and Africa
(1947)

Palestine,   pp. 999-1328 PDF (126.4 MB)


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that he did not think it could be. Mr. Henderson stated that it would
be misleading to hold out any such hope: the US had determined its
policy of supporting partition after long and careful consideration,
with full realization of the seriousness of the decision, and that the
decision was final and would undoubtedly be adhered to. Mr. Hender-
son thought that the Arabs were mistaken if they thought that through
bloodshed they could gain a reconsideration of the problem in UN.
The use of violence would probably be regarded as coercion and would
be resisted by the US. The only solution that he could think of,
Mr. Henderson said, was for- the Arabs to accept the UN Partition
Plan; otherwise, he could see no way of breaking the impasse.
   Dr. Jamali replied that the UN .Partition Plan would never be
 accepted by the Arabs and that they would die in defense of their
 rights rather than accede to it. The world had not believed the Arabs
 when they had said they would give their lives to prevent the establish-
 ment of a Zionist state in Palestine, but now it would see the Arabs
 meant what they said.
   Concluding, Dr. Jamali said that although the situation was very
 gloomy and that he feared a possible Arab-American clash, he felt
 that every effort must be given to thinking out a means of solving the
 problem while there was still time. Iraq wanted America's friendship,
 he said, and needed its help in implementing its plans for national
 -development. Some means must be found to preserve that amity
 through removal of the friction caused by the Palestine problem.
   Mr. Henderson assured Dr. Jamali that the US was equally anxious
 to preserve Arab-American friendship. As for the Palestine issue,
 however, he could see no other solution than the acceptance by the
 Arabs of the UN solution.
                                           L[oY] W. H[ENDERSON]
867N.01/12-1247
Memoraandum, of Conversation. by the Assistant Secretary of State for
                    Political Affairs (Armour)
CONFIDENTIAL                     [WASIIINGTON,] December 12,1947.
            Participants: Mr. Armour
                          Mr. Shertok, Jewish Agency
                          Mr. Epstein, Jewish Agency
                          Mr. Mattison, NE
  Mr. Shertok opened the discussion with a review of the current
situation in the Middle East as it affected Palestine, including the
disf;urbances against Jews in Aden and Aleppo. He again urged, as in
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