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De Gaulle Reported Mulling Formation of ‘palestinian Federation’

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General Charles de Gaulle, president of France, was reported here today allegedly planning to suggest the formation of a “Palestinian Federation” as a solution to the current Arab-Israeli conflict. The report was printed here today by Maroc Information, a French-language daily newspaper.

Agence France Presse, the official French news agency, declared here in commenting on this report: “The relationship between Arab countries and Israel is one of the basic problems being considered both by the French Government and by Gen. de Gaulle himself. Paris thinks that, if geopolitical errors occurred when the State of Israel was created one must now consider the situation a fait accompli, and try to find a solution within the framework of the problem as it stands now.”

Asking what kind of “Palestinian Federation” could be created, the agency continues in its comment: “Such a federation seems an impossibility in the near future. Yet one must mention that many Arab representatives unofficially describe the situation as an evil that cannot be cured by a war limited to the Middle East–any such war would go much further than that.”

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