New York (Nov. 13)
Leaders of the American Zionist Emergency Council today refrained from issuing any statement on the announcements made by President Truman and Foreign Secretary Bevin with regard to the establishment of a joint British-American inquiry committee on Palestine.
However, it was felt in Zionist circles here that the United States Government permitted itself to be “trapped” by what some Zionist leaders termed “the British anti-Zionist policy”. Fear was expressed that the British Government will now make use of the United States for purposes of British policy in Palestine.
It was pointed out that up to now the United States was free to press for whatever policies on Palestine it considered necessary. By participating in a joint inquiry commission, America will be bound not to press for action while the inquiries are being made, it was emphasized. In this manner, British diplomacy has succeeded in silencing America’s voice on Palestine for the time being by a “device of quasi-cooperation,” Zionist circles declared.