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Truman Declines to Comment on Question of Granting De Jure Recognition to Israel

President Truman declined to comment on questions raised at his news conference today about possible United States recognition of both Israel and Transjordan.

State Department press officer Michael J. McDermott said there was no Department comment on reports that the Administration would soon begin a study of the possibilities of extending Marshall Plan aid to Israel, “I cannot say anything on that,” he told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

(The New York Times reported today from Washington that the President is expected to grant de jure recognition to Israel tomorrow or Saturday. The newspaper also said that the United States, as the next step in its friendly policy to Israel, is expected to consider the possibility of extending Marshall Plan aid to the Jewish state.)