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

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

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   5. JA Delegation has not yet submitted its objections to British
 proposals to British Delegation in writing'1 (Embassy's 1005, Febru-
 ary 13, paragraph 4).
   6. British Delegation and Arab Delegation will meet this afternoon.
   7. British Delegation anticipates next move will be statement on
 Palestine in Commons, possibly Monday which will be followed by
 Palestine debate towards end week.
   8. Results Cabinet meeting today not yet available.
  The text of the reply of the Jewish Agency, dated February 13, was trans-
  mitted to the Department in despatch 3943, February 21, from London
  867N.01/2-1447: Telegram
  The Charge in the United Kingdom     (Gallman) to. the Secretary
                             of State
 SECRET                         LONDON, February 14, 1947-7 p. m.
   1048. British delegates advised Embassy as follows re brief meeting
today between British delegates and Arab delegates (Embassy's 1033,
February 14):
   1. Bevin informed Arab delegates that his colleagues in Cabinet
had agreed with Creech Jones and himself that, inasmuch as plan
offered by British Delegation had met with no acceptance from either
Arabs or Jews, question must now be referred to UN without British
recommendations. Bevin said that Britains would present question
before UN as impartially as possible, making available for UN use
all proposals submitted, including Arabi proposals.
  2. Arab delegates asked British to stop all Jewish immigration in
interim between now and UN decision. British replied that they would
prefer to maintain status quo. This Arabs said could only mean a
return to White Paper the last of whose 75,000 immigrants had entered
Palestine in December 1945, Arabs said British had established 15100
as interim rate in connection with work of now defunct Anglo-
American Committee, and that all Jewish immigration should now
cease. Bevin replied that he would refer to Cabinet Arab delegates'
request to stop immigration.
  3. Re Arab request that Jewish immigration should be terminated,
Mathieson, ColOff, said that immigration being crux of problem Bevin
will undoubtedly ask Cabinet to decide. He thought 1500 visas monthly
would be continued on grounds that this interim rate had been estab-
lished by British in expectation that Anglo-American Committee
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