WASHINGTON (Feb. 11)
Secretary of State George C. Marshall told his weekly news conference today that the American Government has not changed its policy a Palestine in any respect and continues to support the procedure consequent to the United Nations decision.
Asked whether the United States would support the U.N. Palestine Commission’s anticipated recommendation to the Security Council for an international police force, the Secretary said he did not know what the Commission would finally recommend and that this government has not received formal notification of what the Commission will say.
Asked about reports that he had “been in communication with British Foreign Minister Bevin on possible plans for Palestine following the end of the Mandate, Marshall denied the truth of these reports.
Senator Herbert O’Connor, of Maryland, in a speech to the Senate, called for lifting of the embargo on arms shipments to Middle Eastern countries. He warned that if the Arabs were allowed to continue to fight the Palestine partition decision “the very existence of the United Nations might be imperilled.”
The embargo is an “unneutral” gesture, 0”Connor said, because it prevents the Jews from procuring arms to protect their lives and the land which has been declared to be rightfully theirs. “Under the terms of the arms embargo, adjoining states friendly to the Arab cause can procure the implements of war from this country and then supply them to the Arabs in Palestine,” he declared.
No statement on Palestine is contemplated by President Truman, Presidential press secretary Charles G, Ross, said today. Asked at a news conference whether the President planned to issue a statement on Palestine, Ross said none was contemplated.