NEW YORK (Dec. 28)
The United States, France and Turkey, as members of the United Nations Palestine Conciliation Commission, will have to recognize that “Israel has won the war and that all recommendations regarding the settlement of the Palestine issue must be based on this pivotal fact,” Dr. Jorge Garcia Granados, head of the Guatemala delegation to the U.N. General Assembly, declared here tonight.
Dr. Granados, who recently returned from the U.N. sessions in Paris, was the principal speaker, together with Judge Morris Rothenberg, president of the Jewish National Fund of America, at a Maccabean Festival Dinner held at the Hotel Commodore under the auspices of the J.N.F. The function, attended by 2,000 representatives of synagogues and Orthodox Zionist groups in the metropolitan area, was dedicated to the acquisition of an extensive land tract in the vicinity of Jerusalem for the establishment of a new agricultural settlement for religious immigrants.
“The new settlement,” Judge Rothenberg stated, “will be one of the hundred new colonies which have been blueprinted and which will rise in Israel during 1949 on the land of the Jewish National Fund. The J.N.F. has adopted for this purpose a budget of $104,000,000 to make available the land areas needed for the new colonies and the construction of thousands of barracks and permanent homes for the new arrivals,” he added.