House Hears Plea for Bi-partisan Approach to Palestine Issue; Lifting of Embargo Probed
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House Hears Plea for Bi-partisan Approach to Palestine Issue; Lifting of Embargo Probed

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A bi-partisan approach to the Palestine problem was urged today on the floor of t he House by Rep. Jacob K. Javits of New York, who also Called for the lifting of the U.S. embargo on t he Shipment of arms to Palestine. The American policy with regard to the establishment of a Jewish National Home in Palestine has always been endorsed by both the Democratic and the Republican parties, Rep. Javits pointed out.

(The New York Times today reported from Washington that “a movement is developing inside the State Department and the Cabinet to extend the bi-partisan or non-partisan foreign policy to all questions relating to Palestine.” The report Stated” on responsible authority” that efforts are being made to get President Truman and the leaders of the Republican Party together on a Palestine policy “so that domestic political factors do not in the future influence the United States decisions of concern to the Holy Land.”)

Rep. Javits also answered charges that the partitioning of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states would endanger American oil interests in the Arab countries and would cut off the supply of oil from the Middle East. He urged that a survey of middle Eastern oil resources be made to determine what part they would play in the European Recovery Program and to what extent they would be available for the national security of the United States. He also asked Congress to establish “to what extent the operations of American oil companies are helping or crossing up American foreign policy.”

In calling for the lifting of the arms embargo, Rep Javits emphasized that it is a step which the U.S. Government must take to help in the implementation of the U.N. partition decision, so that arms “may be shipped to such armed militia, ?ether Jewish or Arab, as is recognized by the United Nations Commission.” The U.S. Government, he said, must warn the Arab nations that unless they cooperate under the arms of the U.N. Charter, they will have to answer to the Security Council for “conspiring to defeat the U.N. decision.”

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