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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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  2. All that the ,USDel plans to do today in the -Subcommittee is to
keep silent and to permit the Subcommittee report to.go to the ad
hoc committee as a unanimous report but noting US reservations
with regard to the Negeb and to the financial arrangements under the
economic union.
  This will at least leave the door ajar for the USDel to revert to these
issues in the ad hoc committee.
  In conclusion Mr. Rusk thought Mr. Lovett should be informed that
the Subcommittee has been dealing with the JA exclusively; that the
US has been the only Delegation with sufficient courage or conviction
to dissent from the JA and that the other 'Members of the Subcom-
mittee have by and large remained silent.3
  3 According to a memorandum for the files of November 19 by Mr McClintock,
Mr. Lovett telephoned Mr. McClintock at 6:45 p. m. "to say he had talked
the President regarding General HIilldring's conversation with the White
earlier today. The President had not at all intended to change the Department's
instructions, he had merely been concerned that the U.S. should not stand
as a useless minority . . .. Mr. Lovett had communicated this to Ambassador
Johnson, General Hilldring and Mr. Rusk in New York." (501.BB Pales-
501.BB Palestine/ll-1947 : Telegram
The Acting Secretary of State to the Embassy in the United Kingdom
SECRET                     WASHINGTON,, November 19, 1947-7 p. m.
   4906. Relative Brit statements before UNGA re Palestine, please
 inquire FonOff informally for clarification following points:
   1. Brit reserve right to lay down mandate and end their civil admin-
 istration whenever evident no settlement acceptable Jews and Arabs
 has been reached by GA. However, if UNSCOP majority plan fails
 this GA time may be lacking for approval any other solution this ses-
 sion. In this event, presumably GA will provide for continuing work
 on Palestine by some subsidiary body which mightresult in adoption
 by special GA session early 1948 settlement acceptable to Jews and
 Arabs. Question: Do British statements mean that Brit will withdraw
 in absence of agreed Jewish-Arab settlement at present GA session or
 will they withhold withdrawal until GA has reached conclusion re
 settlement at special session? We appreciate this may be regarded as
 hypothetical question. However present GA session may end within
 few days.
   2. If partition fails of adoption by two-thirds GA vote, does Brit
 information indicate that Zionists will move forthwith to establish

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