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State Department. White House Mum on Report U.S. Ambassador to Israel Resigned

Both the State Department and the White House today refused to confirm or deny reports that James G. McDonald, American Ambassador to Israel, has submitted his resignation and intends to leave the U.S. diplomatic service. However, it seems that the reports have a basis in fact.

A spokesman for the State Department told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that there would be no official comment on the reports. He stated that Mr. McDonald was coming home next month “for consultations and leave” and pointed out that announcements pertaining to the appointment and resignation of Ambassadors emanate from the White House. A White House spokesman, however, said that there is no announcement on Mr. McDonald.