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Bevin Refuses to Comment on Demands in Commons That Britain Recognize Israel

After being exhorted by several Members of Parliament today to extend recognition to the state of Israel, Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin told Commons that he “had nothing to add” to his statement in the House on June 9 in which he said that the British Government does not recognize any persons In Palestine as a de jure government. During the debate, Barnett Janner, Labor, pointed to the United Nations recognition of the Provisional Government of Israel as a precedent for Britain to follow.

S, Segal, another Laborite, termed Israel the “most progressive country in the entire Middle East” and urged that the British Government “assist the Arab states to face reality by granting de facto recognition to Israel.” In reply to a question on whether “recognizing Israel would not facilitate the position of the oil refineries” in Haifa, Bevin declared that recognizing the Jewish state would not bring more oil out of Iraq.