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Roosevelt Talks with Churchill on Palestine; Both Oppose Commonwealth, Says Report

President Roosevelt recently had a lengthy discussion with Prime Minister Churchill (presumably by transatlantic phone) during which the Palestine question was threshed out “with very beneficial results,” it is revealed hers today by Drew Pearson, well-known Washington columnist.

Pearson states that President Roosevelt advised a close friend of this discussion and disclosed to him that in his talk with Churchill, he expressed strong opposition to the British white Paper, which stopped Jewish immigration to Palestine. He said that the British Prime Minister gave him no argument, but on the contrary, was wholly in accord with his views.

“However, both Roosevelt and Churchill are opposed to making Palestine a Jewish commonwealth after the war-namely, and independent State run by a Jewish government,” Pearson adds. “That, the President feels, is unnecessary.”