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Truman Withdraws His Support from Wagner-taft Resolution on Jewish Commonwealth

President Truman, at his press conference today, stated that he no longer favors the Wagner-Taft resolution on Palestine which he had supported when Vice-President. The resolution calls for unlimited Jewish immigration and settlement in Palestine and the establishment there by Jews of a “democratic commonwealth.” The situation has changed, he said, because if the resolution were passed now, there would be no need for an Anglo-American inquiry commission.

Questioned about appointments to the commission, the President said that he was not ready to announce them. He also revealed that no agreement has been reached on the number of persons to be appointed, but he hoped it would be reached today.

The State Department late this afternoon denied any knowledge of a report in the press that the commission will consist of ten members, and that the British have already named several members of Parliament to the body.