Washington (Aug. 2)
The Cabinet at its regular Friday session today discussed the Palestine plan recommended by the Anglo-American experts and the general reaction, according to well informed sources, was unfavorable to the proposal. The members of the Cabinet are understood to have expressed objections to the small area allotted the Jews.
Later today, Acting Secretary of State Dean Acheson, replying to a question by a reporter as to whether the United States had rejected the British “federalization” plan, said that the subject was “somewhat confused,” and that was why President Truman had asked the Cabinet Committee alternates to return to Washington.
The three alternates will not meet with the President until they have conferred with the respective Secretaries whom they represented in London: Acheson for the State Department, Secretary of War Patterson and Secretary of the Treasury Snyder. He stressed that it will take the three Secretaries, who comprise the Cabinet Committee on Palestine, some time to canvass the field with their alternates.
An eleven-man Saudi Arabian financial and technical mission arrived here today by air from Cairo. It is headed by Finance Minister Abdullah al Sulyaman. They have come to seek financial and technical assistance for Saudi Arabia, it was announced.