London (Sep. 1)
A Foreign Office spokesman said today that the government would probably have no comment to make on the report of the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine before the recommendations had been discussed by the General Assembly, and definitely not before the full report was received by the Colonial and Foreign Offices.
Initial British press comment was moderate, with most papers inclined to feel that the best solution was for Britain to wash its hands of the Palestine problem. The Daily Express said that the government should act on the “invitation to end the ??date.” It urged that Britain refuse to agree to administer the U.N. plan in the interim period, even with the help of another power.
The Evening Standard, owned by Lord Beaverbrook, urges that Britain accept the partition plan, as does the influential Yorkshire Post. The Post states that partition is the only solution, adding that the United States is preeminently fitted to help in ensuring the peace in Palestine. It asks if Washington will now take some positive action.