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Lewis Says It Was Tragic That Two Legitimate Nationalist Movements Clashed in Palestine

U.S. Ambassador Samuel Lewis said that it was tragic that two legitimate nationalist movements had clashed in historic Palestine instead of collaborating. There was a general recognition, he said, that two nations existed in Mandatory Palestine between the wars. The question still to be decided is where the borders between them run.

Lewis spoke at a dinner here last week marking the 100th anniversary of Jewish settlement in Palestine. He was one of 20 Ambassadors attending. They were joined by the representatives of 45 friendship societies with Israel from 25 countries.

Another speaker, Leon Dulzin, chairman of the World Zionist Organization and Jewish Agency Executives, said that most Israelis and their friends abroad favor united Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, opposed the establishment of a Palestinian state on the West Bank and were against negotiations with the Palestine Liberation Organization.