San Francisco (May. 31)
Leading members of the U. S. delegation today assured Zionist representatives here that they need not be concerned about the Soviet request to eliminate the so-called “Palestine clause” from the trusteeship proposals and that “the matter will be straightened out.”
“The difficulties still lie with the Arabs rather than with the Soviet delegation,” one of the U. S. delegates declared, revealing that Iraq is insisting on subsitting a new amendment in behalf of all the Arab delegations, and that this amendment would endanger Jewish interests in Palestine for more than the Soviet request.
It was learned today that Commander Harold E. Stassen, who represents the U. S. delegation on the trusteeship committee, is trying to convince the Soviet delegation that if their request to eliminate “paragraph five” from the trusteeship proposal is complied with, it will be detrimental to Jewish rights in Palestine. The American delegation believes that it will succeed in persuading the Russians to withdraw their demand.
It is generally believed here that Soviet opposition to “paragraph five,” which has been nicknamed “the Palestine clause,” is based on the fact that Mosoow suspecta that this paragraph, in its present form, may “freeze” for all time the status of the people living in territories under League of Nations’ mandates.