Bevin Receives Israeli Representatives; Gets Shertok’s Reply to British Recognition

Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin today received I.J. Linton, acting Israeli representative here, who conveyed the reply of Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Shertok to Bevin’s message announcing de facto recognition of Israel [by the British Government.

Following his visit to Bevin, Linton conferred with a number of high officials of the British Foreign Office. No details of the conversations were revealed. However, it is understood that they were devoted primarily to questions of diplomatic protocol connected with the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Britain.

Significance is attached here to the fact that Bevin received Shertok’s reply personally and not through British Foreign Office officials. Questions concerning the exchange of diplomatic representatives between Britain and Israel will be discussed by Cyril Marriott, British consul-general In Haifa, with the Israeli Foreign Office in Tel Aviv, it is believed here.

When asked in the House of Commons today whether the British representative to Israel had been appointed, Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin asked the questioner to “wait for a day.” Left-wing Labor member Emrys Hughes asked amid laughter: “In view of the esteem in which the Foreign Secretary is held in Tel Aviv, can he not be persuaded to go there himself?” Bevin replied: “I might be successful.”

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