Washington (Sep. 21)
Speaker of the House Joseph W. Martin today termed the partitioning of Palestine, as recommended in the UNSCOP report, an “acceptable compromise” for the solution of the tragic problem of Jewish national homelessness and said he was confident that approval of the report by the U.N. and by the administration would meet with the approval of Congress.
The Massachusetts Republican said he hoped the UNSCOP report would have the support of the U.N. “and particularly the support of the United States Government.” He pointed to the many pledges made by both political parties promising the establishment of the Jewish National Home in Palestine, pledges that were “long overdue.”
Martin said he hoped that the U.N. would not “whittle down the size and sovereign status of the projected Jewish state. Already it has been reduced from an area in excess of 40,000 square miles, as was originally contemplated, to less than 6,000 square miles,” he declared. “Already, one Arab state has been set up and it is now contemplated to set up another in territory originally assigned to Palestine. This isn’t at all satisfactory to those who have long advocated an adequate area for a Jewish homeland, but it is an acceptable compromise.”