LAKE SUCCESS (Mar. 26)
The U.S, delegation at the United Nations was awaiting today White House orders to initiate Security Council action for an Arab-Jewish truce on the “basis of the American proposal for placing Palestine under temporary international trusteeship.Up to this evening no such orders had teen received.
It is assumed in U.N. circles that private consultations will “be held toy the U.S. delegation with other members of the Security Council during the week-end in order to sound out to what extent they would “be ready to support the plan for trusteeship and the American proposal for the calling of a special session of the General Assembly to deal with such a plan. The feeling is strong here that the trusteeship proposal will not receive the required majority of votes, unless the U.S. would be willing to supply American forces to Implement it.
(In Washington, a State Department spokesman today flatly denied that Anglo-American negotiations on Palestine are now going on in London or elsewhere in connection with the American proposal for trusteeship. The same spokesman declared that he was unable to say when the U.S. delegation at Lake Success will make its next scheduled statement on Palestine at the Security Council.)
TRUMAN’S TRUSTEESHIP PROPOSAL HAS NO MERIT, AMERICAN ZIONISTS DECLARE
The American Zionist Emergency Council, representing the entire Zionist movement in the United States, today issued a statement declaring that “not only has Mr. Truman failed to convince us that his proposal has merit, but his statement yesterday has only served to confirm our original contention that the U.S. trusteeship plan will exacerbate the situation in Palestine, bring about the shedding of further innocent blood and endanger a just political settlement.”
Stating that the Zionists in this/country “are not deluded” by the attempt made by the President yesterday to make the U.S. trusteeship proposal “more palatable” to public opinion, the Zionist Emergency Council said:
“The President’s conception of the Palestine issue was most unrealistic and leaves unanswered all of the questions which were raised in the Security Council by delegates who indicated unwillingness to be led up a blind alley by an improvised plan, which on the one hand scuttles the decision of the United Nations and on the other offers no sounder solution.”
Commenting on Truman’s call for an Arab-Jewish truce, the central Zionist body said: “We wonder whether Mr. Truman is fully cognizant of the facts concerning the conflict in the Holy Land when he calls for a ‘truce’ between Arabs and Jews.” The Zionist statement then referred to an answer given by the Jewish Agency to the United Nations declaring that “the moment that Arab aggression ceases, Jewish armed reaction will also terminate” on the clear understanding that the Arab will stop preparations for future aggression and will evacuate their foreign forces.