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American Diplomats Start Discussions Today on Israel and Other Near East Countries

March 7, 1950
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The attitude of the U.S. Government toward Israel will be outlined to about 50 American diplomats at a meeting scheduled to start tomorrow in Cairo and convoked for the purpose of discussing American policy in relation to recent developments in the Near East. Jefferson Caffery, U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, will preside at the session, which will also be attended by James G. McDonald, American Ambassador to Israel.

It is understood that the U.S. Government is anxious to free itself of political entanglements in the Near East and is determined to concentrate on a policy of giving economic and technical aid to the countries in that part of the world. The State Department seems to have decided to withdraw from Palestine affairs and leave Israel and the Arabs to settle matters between themselvos, through direct negotiations if possible.

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