British-jewish Informal Talks on Participation in London Conference May Be Resumed

Signs were multiplying here today that there will be an early resumption of informal British-Jewish contacts possibly preparing the way for the participation of the Jewish Agency in the conference on Palestine. If these informal talks produce an agreement under which the Jewish plan for partition would be discussed, then it is considered probable that the Agency will join the conference within the next ten days.

Among the signs pointing in that direction is Foreign Secretary Bevin’s statement at today’s closed session of the conference in which he urged the Arab delegations to examine the Palestine question in its international serving. Also the statement made at the conference yesterday by Prime Minister Attlee who emphasized that the British Government is not committed to the “federalization plan” and appealed for concessions by both Arabs and Jews in arriving at a solution of the Palestine issue.

Renewed reports indicate that the Arab States are not as united as it appears, and that at least three of them–Egypt, Transjordan and Lebanon–are quietly pressing for the acceptance of the Jewish formula, each for its own internal reasons. However, no break is expected before early next week, since the remainder of this week will probably be devoted to discussions based on the federalization plan and the presentation of the extremist Arab views.

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