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Majority of American Press Favored Establishment of Israel. A.D.L. Survey Reveals

Editorial opinion in a large majority of the nation’s daily newspapers supported establishment of the now state of Israel, according to a survey released here today by the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith.

Review of 200 leading newspapers from all sections of the country disclosed that more than half of them editorialized on Israel’s dramatic declaration of independence. Of these 54 percent were favorable, 32 percent noncommittal. Only four percent were critical or antagonistic in tone.

A second check of editorial comment, this time based on how editors reacted to President Truman’s de facto recognition of Israel, revealed almost the same Percentage of approval. However, here unfavorable comment rose to 19 percent, though it was not directed toward Israel but criticized Truman’s recognition as "a political device."