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American Jewish Committee Executive Urges U.S. to Grant De Jure Recognition to Israel

October 19, 1948
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The executive committee of the American Jewish Committee concluded its two-day session here last night after adopting a decision urging the United States to grant Israel de jure recognition and to actively support its admission to the United Nations.

Judge Joseph M. Proskauer, A.J.C. president, in addressing the more than 120 Jewish leaders from all parts of the country who attended the session, emphasized that the American Jewish Committee will assist Israel which, he said, must be able to maintain and considerably increase its population and to create facilities for immigration for those who wish to go there.

“But,” Proskauer stressed, “we are no Israelis. We are Americans. Our loyalty is to this country alone, and our relations to Israel must necessarily be governed by these truths,” He expressed opposition to the recommendation made by the late U.N. mediator Count Folke Bernadotte that the Negev be turned over to the Arabs and urged that the New City of Jerusalem, which is predominantly Jewish, be placed under Israeli control, while the Old City should be internationalized.

Jacob Blaustein, chairman of the executive of the American Jewish Committee, urged the U.S. Government to take a constructive view toward the basic needs of Israel. He voiced the hope that the American Government would help to insure the stability and peaceful existence of the Jewish state.

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