Britain Does Not Recognize Cabinet of Israel As De Jure Government, Bevin Says

British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin today told the House of Commons that the British Government does not at present recognize any body of persons as a de jure government of Israel. He added that Britain does not consider the U.N partition resolution as obliging her to recognize the Jewish state. The British Government, Bevin said, would judge the Jewish case for recognition on its own merits, according to the normal criteria of international law. He denied that Britain has made representations to other countries urging the non-recognition of Israel, but said that the British attitude has been “explained” to several governments, usually in response to their inquiries.

It was learned here today from authoritative sources that the British Government is reconsidering its ban on the immigration to Israel of the Jews detained on Cyprus. “The ban will be modified in the light of the Palestine truce proposals presented by U.H. mediator Count Folke Bernadotte to the governments of Israel and the Arab states, which permit Jewish immigration into Israel under given conditions.

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