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Agudah Leader Confers with British Official on Palestine and Jerusalem Problems

H.L. Goodman, political secretary of the Agudas Israel, today conferred with Hector McNeil, British Foreign Under-Secretary, who is attending the meeting of the Human Righst Commission here, on the problem of recognizing Israel and the internationalization of Jerusalem.

Goodman informed McNeil of his organization’s interest in seeing Britain extend recognition to the Jewish state and in backing the proposed internationalization of Jerusalem. He also expressed the Agudah’s opposition to U.N. mediator Count Folke Bernadotte’s proposal that Jerusalem be incorporated within Transjordan.

McNeil indicated that the British did not support this phase of Bernadotte’s proposal, but envisaged the possibility of the establishment of a free port at Haifa. He added that the British Government would prefer to see the outcome of Bernadotte’s current efforts before reaching a decision on recognition of Israel.