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Jewish Agency Prepared to Negotiate with Abdullah on Question of Palestine Arabs

The Jewish Agency today indicated that it is prepared to negotiate with King Abdullah of Tranjordan on all questions concerning Arabs of Palestine, but will not have any dealings with him on the basis of ulti##ms such as he issued yesterday when he called on the Palestine Jews to place themselves under the protection of a Palestine Arab unitary state.

An Agency spokesman stated that the Transjordan parliament has formally deci## to dispatch forces to Palestine and has called for a general mobilization through### the country. This action has been taken in agreement with the other Arab states, stressed. He pointed out that since the other Arab states are encouraging and supporting Abdullah in his threatened aggression they must bear full responsibility ?ore the United Nations and cannot hide behind the fact that Transjordan is not a ###ber state of the U.N.

Meanwhile, a government spokesman said that all Transjordan troops in Palestine are under British military control and “their conduct is not in question.” He ##ed that the government has no information concerning a declaration of war, let ###ne an actual invasion, and considers such an act most unlikely. However, one result received here says that Transjordan troops have taken up positions on both sides ### the Allenby Bridge, which crosses the Jordan northeast of Jerusalem.

An official British Army spokesman in Jerusalem said one company of the Arab region “under British army orders” had entered Jericho on specific duties. “When their duties are finished,” he said, “they will be withdrawn.

(Several Egyptian Army units have been sent to the Palestine-Egyptian border #### “training,” it was reported here today. Another report to the effect that the Egyptian force had crossed the frontier was denied in government quarters.)

HAGANAH-IRGUN PACT GOES INTO EFFECT; FIGHTING CONTINUES IN JAFFA

Haganah and the Irgun Zvai Leumi have signed an agreement merging the two {SPAN}##rces,{/SPAN} it was announced in Tel Aviv tonight. The merger becomes effective immediate. Irgun forces meanwhile renewed their assault on Jaffa after a 12-hour lull in {SPAN}##e{/SPAN} fighting. British reports said that Jaffa Arabs were fleeing the city at the {SPAN}##te{/SPAN} of 20 packed vehicles per hour. An Irgun dispatch from the scene of the battle {SPAN}###{/SPAN} the center of Jaffa claimed that the Jews had captured “several well fortified strongpoint” and had “penetrated deeply” into the seaport city.

Jewish extremists this morning staged a daring robbery in Tel Aviv, making #### with $1,000,000 from Barclays Bank. Depositors were informed that the bank is closed until further notice.”

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