NEW YORK (Nov. 23)
Formation of a Jewish army in Palestine would be a mistake for the United Nations, since it would provoke Moslem uprisings throughout North Africa, the Near East and Asia, Dr. John S. Badeau, dean of the American College in Cairo, declared here at a Foreign Policy Association luncheon in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel that was devoted to consideration of the Allied situation in Africa and the Near East.
Right or wrong, he said, the formation of a Jewish army would be interpreted by Arabs and other Moslems as meaning that the United Nations intended to set up a Jewish state in the Near East by force of arms. “A Jewish army in Palestine would inflame Arabs all over the world,” he said. “A Jewish army today is dynamite -no, it is T.N.T.” Dr. Badeau asserted that Axis propaganda had made considerable headway among Moslems.