WASHINGTON (Jul. 21)
James G. McDonald, special U.S. representative to Israel, paid a final visit to President Truman today before leaving on Friday on the first part of his journey to the Jewish state,
McDonald said he will leave New York on the New Amsterdam and will go first to London to confer with U.S. Ambassador Lewis Douglas. He will fly from London to Switzerland to pay a courtesy call on Dr. Chaim Weizmann, president of the Provisional Government of Israel. He will proceed to Tel Aviv by way of Borne and Athens, making stops in both those cities.
He declined to comment on his talk with President Truman and said, in reply to a question, that he was not bearing any special message to the people of Israel. “What would I say to them?” he asked. He said he had had a long conference with Secretary of State George C. Marshall this morning.
Eliahu Epstein, Israeli special representative to the U.S. and members of the Israeli mission staff were feted by State Department officials and U.S. special representative to Israel James G. McDonald at a luncheon at Blair Lee House this noon. Joseph C. Sattorthwaite, recently appointed chief of the State Department’s office of Near Eastern and African Affairs, expressed the hope that wholesome, friendly relations will prevail between the two peoples.