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Arabs Asked by British Intelligence Chief Not to Oppose Partitioning of Palestine

January 3, 1947
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Britain is determined to partition Palestine as the only solution to the problem and will not retreat before Arab violence, Brigadier I.N. Clayton, who heads British intelligence in the Middle East, told Arab leaders in the Levant, it is reported here.

The Damascus correspondent of the radical newspaper Nishmar reports that during a recent visit to Syria and Lebanon, Clayton warned the Arab leaders not to oppose partition and promised that they would have much to gain “if they behaved properly at the London conference,” which is slated to resume on Jan. 21.

The British intelligence chief is understood to have told both the Syrian and Lebanese governments that Britain would take a “friendly attitude” toward their various aspirations, if they do not encourage Arab opposition to solution of the Palestinian and Egyptian problems.

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