WASHINGTON (Apr. 21)
The United States and Britain have been discussing various methods for dealing with the Palestine problem, Acting Secretary of State Robert A. Lovett declared today at a press conference. He declined to state pacifically, however, whether the discussions centered around a suggestion that British troops remain in Palestine after May 15 in order to maintain order there until a U.N. solution for the problem is reached.
The announcement by Sen. Warren Austin yesterday at Lake Success that the U.S. would be willing to join with other countries to send troops to police Palestine was sharply criticized on the floor of the House today by Reps. Lawrence Smith W.R.-Wisc.), W.R. Poage (D. Texas) and Rep. Emanuel Celler (D.N.Y.)
Pointing out that the President could not send troops abroad without Congressional approval Smith said President Truman “ought to talk to Congress” before he makes such commitments, Poage asserted that the American people should be consulted “before we send our boys to die in foreign lands.” Celler said the Jews of Palestine could defend themselves “if given a chance” and predicted that 50,000 Jewish war veterans would volunteer to aid the Haganah if necessary. He also appealed for the lifting of the Palestine areas embargo.