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Truman Declines Further Comment on Palestine; Expects No Communication from Bevin

President Truman said today that he had no further comment to make on Palestine. Asked at his press conference whether he had had any futher word from Foreign Secretary Bevin, the President replied that he never did have any word from Mr.Bevin and did not expect any.

The Palestine situation brought forth Congressional comment again yesterday when one member of the House of Representatives pointed out that the United States must take the leadership in solving the Palestine problem, and another berated Bevin for his attack on President Truman while failing to live up to British pledges regarding Palestine.

“If the Government of the United States, in accordance with its repeated pledges, intends to assume practical, as well as moral leadership in settling the dangerous controversies which threaten world peace, it must without further delay assume leadership in solving the problem of Palestine,” Rep. Frank Buchanan, Democrat of Pennsylvania declared. The only hope for establishment of the “Jewish Common wealth in Palestine,” he added,”was a decision by the United Nations that it would be “essential to world peace and stability.”

Rep. Arthur G. Klein, Democrat of New York, called Bevin’s remarks “false” and “insulting to the head of a friendly nation.” He pointed to the inconsistency of making the attack on our government “whereas the British Government had not even fulfilled its commitments to uphold the report of the Anglo-American inquiry committee which recommended the admission of the 100,000.”

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