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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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  I asked Mr. Shertok whether the questions of immigration and mili-
tary supplies had been discussed with the United Kingdom Delegation
and with the UN Secretariat in New York and whether Mr. Nahum
Goldmann had as yet had an opportunity, as planned, to discuss these
matters with the British authorities in London. Mr. Shertok replied
that the Jewish Agency proposed to go into these matters further with
the UN Commission as soon as its members had been appointed and
that Mr. Goldmann was proceeding to London tomorrow and would
raise these and other questions there.
  I pointed out the unfortunate consequences which might follow if
further illegal immigration into Palestine were to take place at this
time and was assured by Mr. Shertok that the Jewish Agency would
take all steps in its power to prevent such illegal immigration; but
that the provision of a seaport and an increase in the present rate of
legal immigration would be essential to accomplish this purpose.
   I also explained that the recently announced policy of the US
Government prohibiting the export or disposal abroad of military
supplies to Palestine and neighboring Arab countries was not a new
policy having been established by the Secretary prior to his departure
for London in November. I stated that it had been given publicity in
the press recently because of other press statements to the effect that
some $36,000,000 worth of military supplies had been transferred to
the Arab States since the war. I pointed out that this latter statement
was not correct and that, as a matter of fact, less than $8,000 con-
sisting of light arms for internal security or police forces had been
transferred to the Arab States.2 I said that the Arab States-had re-
ceived other supplies since the conclusion of the war but that they
were of a non-military character similar to the surplus supplies re-
ceived by many other countries in this period.
   I told Mr. Shertok that I would bring all of his remarks including
 his request with regard to an American statement in the Security
 Council to the attention of Mr. Lovett and Mr. Armour.3
   Mr. Shertok expressed a desire to pay his respects to Mr. Lovett and
 Mr. Armour prior to his proposed departure for Palestine on Decem-
 ber 16 or 17. I told Mr. Shertok that I would inquire whether the
 Acting Secretary and the Assistant Secretary would have an oppor-
 tunity to see him during the next few days and, if so. that I would
 communicate with him accordingly.
   2For a breakdown of these figures, see the Department's statement of Decem-
 ber 5, cited in footnote 2, p. 1300.
   3Mr. Henderson transmitted this document to Messrs. Lovett and Armour
 a memorandum of December 9. He made the following recommendations: "1.
 Immigration: No further action by the Department at this time.
   "2. Security Council: No recommendation is made as I do not know
what the
   policy of the U.S. Government is on this subject.
   "3. Military Supplies and Advisors: No recommendation is made pending
   ther clarification of Mr. Shertok's tentative views." (501.BB Palestine/12-947)

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