Jewish Agency Believes Truman’s Opposition to a Jewish State is Due to Misconception

President Truman’s reported opposition to the establishment of Palestine as a Jewish State appears to be based on a misconception, a spokesman for the Jewish Agency stated here.

“The Zionist policy of reconstituting a Jewish State does not involve racial or religious superiority,” he pointed out. “Nor does it involve discrimination. What is envisaged by the decision to establish a Jewish State is a policy of large scale immigration and settlement, as well as a maximum development of Palestine’s latent resources, resulting in the speediest possible creation of a Jewish majority which should continue to grow.”

The Jewish State, when established, would be governed by democratic principles, the spokesman of the Jewish Agency continued. There will be complete equality for all citizens, regardless of their race or creed. They will be fully eligible for all state offices, and there will be the widest autonomy for all racial and religious communities within their internal cultural and social affairs.

“There are many states in the world containing national minorities,” the spokesman continued, “yet, if governed democratically, they not considered to be run on racial or religious lines.” The contemplated state is described as “Jewish” and not as “Judaic,” he pointed out.

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