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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
respect to America's right to be consulted concerning changes in the
mandate that might affect American interests. The gist of the note
is contained in its penultimate paragraph.
  [a] If the United States is upholding the Jews out of sympathy for
them it should be remarked that the Arabs are more deserving of
that sympathy as they are in the right and are the owners of the
country and the victims of aggression. If on the other hand the
United States is upholding the Jews on account of their financial
influence it should be remarked that the United States enjoys in
Arab countries great respect and affection and a moral standing of
great value which are a result of the accomplishments of groups of
Americans over a great number of years. These are worthy of being
safeguarded and developed. The United States has also cultural
relations and widely extensive business connections with the Near
East and the Moslem world which are also worthy of being safe-
guarded and developed. It is our belief that these possess no less
present and future value than what the United States is likely to reap
from supporting the fallacious Jewish cause. In fact it exceeds it
by far inasmuch as it embraces far-flung eastern countries".
  Before the Mufti disclosed his intention of making any communi-
cation to me or had raised the question of the American attitude in
the premises, I had mentioned the exchange of notes in London telling
him that this action was similar to that taken or contemplated for all
other mandate treaties including those with Iraq,'4 Lebanon and
Syria.35 I said that our concern in these matters was limited to the
American interests involved which in the case of Palestine were as
he would readily understand in large measure Jewish.
  He was well pleased to discover that the American action was not
unique and designed against the Arabs, a point of view which he said
was heavily stressed by Jewish propaganda. He said that if the policy
of the United States was the same with respect to all mandates, he
could see that in this case we were not departing from that impartiality
which has for many years characterized the various good works of
the United States in the Near East for which the Arabs had every
cause to be gratified.
  In acknowledging this note do you desire me to make any obser-
vations other than those contained in Radio Bulletin No. 188 '8 re-
ceived today? August 17, 8 a.m. [sic].
                                                      WADSWOMrI
 34 For text of convention signed at London, January 9, 1930, by the United
 States, Great Britain, and Iraq, see Foreign Relations, 1930, vol. iII,
p. 302,;
 for further correspondence, see ibid., 1932, vol. n, pp. 672 ff.
   See ibid., 1936, vol. iII, pp. 496 if.
 d Dated August 13, 1937; missing from Department files.
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