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Anglo-american Discussions Held in Washington to Prevent Czechoslovak Aid to Israel

September 5, 1948
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Czechoslovakian military assistance to Israel Figures in the Anglo-American consultations now going on here between State Department officials and British Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs Gladwyn Jebb, it was confirmed here today by a British Embassy official.

Meanwhile, the State Department has deferred publication of its answer to the Israeli protest against the interference of American military leaders with the immigration of military age men to Israel. Publication of the note, promised for today, is believed to have been held off to answer charges that the State Department has forced Gen. Lucius D. Clay, military commander in Germany, to hamper such migration although he favors aiding it.

The charges were made today by Robert S, Allen, in a widely syndicated newspaper column. Allen said that Clay had already aided many Jewish DP’s to reach the borders of Germany en route to Israel. Clay is alleged to have warned the State Department that bottling up Jewish immigration to Israel “may lead to trouble in the DP camps, due to the break-up of families, parts of which are already in Palestine.” Allen said that the State Department’s actions were taken to aid the British pro-Arab tactics in hindering Jewish immigration to Israel.

Meanwhile, additional particulars of the Israeli protest against the choking off of immigration — the first Israeli protest to the U.S. — were learned from the Israeli mission here. The protest objected to suggestions by American military authorities to the Israeli Government to carry its complaints to U.N. mediator Bernadotte for interpretation in the light of the U.N. truce orders. The Israeli Government said that in that case there is “no problem to be taken up with the mediator” since the U.K. trace resolutions are “already clear and the present rulings of the United States Army authorities in Germany are wholly inconsistent” with them.

A spokesman for the Israeli mission said it feels the State Department is conscious that more than just the truce resolutions are involved in the overall subject of Jewish immigration to Israel. But, he added, the hardships that the disrupted immigration inflicts on families already separated cannot be underestimated.

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