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Jewish Agency Issues Three-point Statement in Reply to Bevin

Following a visit by David ben-Gurion and Moshe Shertok to Foreign Secretary Bevin, the Jewish Agency today issued a statement declaring that it is carefully studying the views expressed today by Bevin with regard to Palestine, and will be ready to make its attitude known after a full meeting of the Jewish Agency executive is held in Jerusalem, with members from the United States and England participating. Meanwhile, the Jewish Agency emphasized that:

1. The Jewish problem is not confined to Europe and did not arise with the Nazi persecution of Jews, but is an age-old world problem.

2. The freedom to return to Palestine is the inalienable right of every Jew desirous of settling in the historic homeland of the Jewish people.

3. The only solution of the twin problems of the Jewish people and of Palestine is the re-establishment of Palestine as a Jewish State.

“We are always ready to cooperate with the Palestine Arabs for the benefit of all inhabitants of Palestine, and are convinced that a Jewish State will make for prosperity and stability in the whole Middle East,” the statement concludes.

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