WASHINGTON (Jun. 27)
Secretary of State Dulles has sent secret documents exposing Truman Administration policy decisions on Palestine in 1946 and 1947 to a Senate subcommittee seeking to determine whether U. S. diplomatic errors contributed to present difficulties in the Near East.
Two batches of documents mainly covering the Jewish-Arab conflict over Palestine before the creation of Israel were delivered this week, State Department sources confirmed today. A third group of secret documents sent to the Senate covered the more recent Aswan Dam loan issue. More documents will be forthcoming on Near Eastern issues.
The material already sent to the Senate subcommittee headed by Sen. J. W. Fulbright, Arkansas Democrat, was said to include many letters, memoranda, reports, and other material revealing the background of formulation of America’s policy toward the Palestine question. The papers and records were provided with the understanding they be regarded as confidential and not be made public.
Former Undersecretary of State Herbert Hoover, Jr., was today appointed by Secretary Dulles as special consultant on Middle East oil and economic problems. Mr. Hoover quit the Department last February 1. He will return for a brief period to work mainly on petroleum problems. His views on the Arab-Israel issue have been viewed controversially.