War Department No Longer Objects to Palestine Resolution; Congress to Resume Hearings

Congressional hearings on the Palestine resolutions, which demand free Jewish immigration to Palestine and the eventual establishment of a Jewish State there, will be resumed next month, it was announced here today by Rep.?ol Bloom, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, following a statement by Secretary of War Stimson that the War Department no longer objects to the resolution.

Mr. Stimson’s statement, made public over the week-end, emphasized that the War Department has come to the conclusion that the military considerations which resulted in its previous opposition to the passage of the Palestine resolutions by congress are no longer valid.

“I find that there is still strong feeling on the part of many officers in my department that the passage of such a resolution would interfere with our military effort,” the War Secretary said. “However, I do feel that the military considerations which led to my previous action in opposing the passage of this resolution are now as strong a factor now as they were then. In my judgment, political considerations now outweigh the military, and the issue should be determined upon the political rather than the military basis.”

Mr. Bloom, in announcing that hearings on the Palestine Resolution, which was introduced into Congress earlier this year, will be resumed next month by his committee said: “I intend to call a meeting of the committee on Wednesday, November 15, for the immediate consideration of the Palestine resolution. In view of the approval of the Secretary of State and the Secretary of War I have no doubt but that the resolution will be favorably reported by the Foreign Affairs Committee without delay.

“Favorable action by the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House of Representatives would be in accord with our Government’s established policy toward Palestine and would be in conformity with the Palestine planks of the platforms of both the Democratic and Republican parties. I am looking forward to the speedy approval of this resolution.”

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