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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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PALESTINE
considering a number of questions that may arise as a result of that
report and the policy of the British Government with respect thereto.
  In the circumstances the Department wishes to be kept advised
fully and promptly by telegraph of all important developments
including such information as may be discreetly obtainable revealing
the views and intentions of competent government, parliamentary,
and other circles in Great Britain on this subject.
  It would be helpful in this connection to have your views as to
the attitude likely to be taken by Parliament and by important Jewish
leaders in Great Britain in the event some radical solution of the
Palestine problem, such as partition, is recommended by the Com-
mission and supported by the Government, and as to the possible
attitude of the Government in case of strong opposition to the proposed
solution.
                                                          WELLES
867N.O1/760i
Memorandum by the Chief of the Div8? ion of Near Eastern Affair8
                            (Murray)
                                    [WASHINGTON,] June 25, 1937.
  At Judge Moore's suggestion I spoke to the British Ambassador
this afternoon with further reference to the Ambassador's conver-
sation with Judge Moore on June 21.8
  I recalled Judge Moore's remarks to the Ambassador on the above-
mentioned occasion to the effect that, while we were of course at
present unaware of the contents of the report to be submitted shortly
by the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Palestine situation,
Judge Moore wished to state quite personally, informally and confi-
dentially to the Ambassador that we might find it necessary after the
report was published and studied to make representations to the
British Government; that in view of the many matters of large im-
portance of mutual concern to our Government and to the British
Government we would of course be reluctant to get into any serious
dispute with the British Government over Palestine; that, finally and
generally speaking, our chief interest in all the mandated territories
was the safeguarding of equality of economic opportunity for Ameri.
can nationals in those parts.
  I told the Ambassador that Judge Moore desired me to make it
entirely clear that his remarks regarding the Palestine situation were
not to be taken as indicating in any way that, if and when it be-
came necessary for this Government to make representations after
  8 Memorandum of conversation not found in Department files.
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