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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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1314           FOREIGN RELATIONS, 19 4 7, VOLUME V
  The report of December 17, 1947, made two alternative recommenda-
tions, as follows: "25. The United States should immediately announce
-that we have become convinced that the partition of Palestine is impos-
sible of implementation and that the Palestine problem should there-
fore be referred back to a special session of the General Assembly to
meet in a neutral country such as Switzerland. At this session we should
propose that a 'middle-of-the-road' solution be attempted for which
we would endeavor to obtain support from the Arab and Jewish com-
munities of Palestine. If this proved impossible, we should propose a
UN trusteeship for Palestine, pending agreement by the Arab and
Jewish communities.
   "Meanwhile, we should take the lead in asking the British to remain
 in Palestine, with the right to request whatever assistance they might
 require from other members of the UN. In these circumstances the UN
 should be asked to defray the costs of continued occupation by the
   "26. The US should take the position that, in view of the manifest
 impossibility of implementing the partition of Palestine, no steps
 should be taken to that end. We should oppose sending UN troops to
 Palestine to enforce partition. We should maintain and enforce our
 embargo on arms to Palestine and neighboring countries."
 867N.01/12--1747 :Telegram
 The Consul General at Jerusalem, (Macatee) to the Secretary of State
 SECRET                       JERUSALEM, December 17, 1947-5 p. m.
    615. Myerson, JA political chief, called December 15, complained
 about Palestine Government.' Said she saw sinister design in actions
 government adding while Jews can take care of themselves against
 Arabs, British and Arabs together too much. Cited several examples
 of "government discrimination" against Jews, including prohibition
 against Jewish settlement police using armored cars.
    After adding Jews may be forced to war with both government and
 Arabs she wondered what outsiders would think if Jews remained
 quiet under "provocation". I remarked restraining on part of Jews
 will not be considered-weakness but sign of strength that so much had
    1Telegram 586, December 9, 1 p. m., from Jerusalem, reported that Mrs.
  Myerson, accompanied by Mr. Ben-Gurion, informed Mr. Macatee on December
  that the Jewish Agency thought the Government of Palestine was unnecessarily
  lenient in controlling the Arabs. She expressed distress at news of an
  ambush of a convoy on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv road at which the Mukytar
  Yagur, a close friend, and a high-ranking Htaganah officer had been killed.

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