Lake Success (Oct. 2)
Jewish Agency leaders received indications today that President Truman is inclined to support the UNSCOP majority recommendations, but that Secretary of State Marshall is still wavering. French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault today flew to Washington where he will meet with the President on the Palestine issue.
Dr. Silver’s statement today, which took one hour to deliver, was greeted with interest by all members of the Ad Hoc Committee, and welcomed by many, who were encouraged by the Agency’s readiness to cooperate with the U.N., particularly in view of the intransigeant stand taken by Jamal Husseini, the principal Arab spokesman.
General debate on the problem will start in the Committee tomorrow. Czechoslovakia is scheduled to lead off with a statement of policy. The Committee announced that it had received a cable from the Palestine Communist Party, urging an “undivided Arab-Jewish Palestine” and asking for a hearing. The cable said that the testimony of the Jewish Agency was not sufficient to present a true picture of the Palestine situation.
Philip Murray, president of the CIO, and William Green, AFL president, have informed President Truman that the American labor movement is solidly behind the recommendations of the UNSCOP majority and urged that the U.S. Government support the majority proposals within the shortest possible time, according to an announcement by the Jewish Labor Committee.
Green notified Mr. Truman of the interest of the AFL in a solution of the Palestine problem, referring to resolutions adopted at various Federation conventions on this point. Murray, who told the President that the CIO considers the UNSCOP proposals the most satisfactory available, declared that if the U.S. supports them the British Government will fall in line.