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British Government Reported Unlikely to Negotiate with Zionists, or Postpone Parley

December 30, 1946
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The British Government will not allow the resolutions adopted at the Zionist Congress to affect its plans for resumption of the London conference on Jan. 16, the diplomatic correspondent of the London Times states, quoting a Foreign Office spokesman as stating that since the government called the conference at the request of the Arab states, it is obliged to bring it to a conclusion.

There is no reason to believe that the situation will change within the next two or three weeks in such a manner as to enable the Zionist Actions Committee to revise the Congress resolution against participation in the parley, the correspondent says. He adds that the government is not prepared to bargain with the Zionist leaders concerning the basis for their participation nor agree to limit discussions at the talks to plans that might be submitted by the Zionists.

The Foreign Office stand, the correspondent continues, makes it clear that the Zionist will probably not take part in the conference unless Weizmann and the moderate British General Zionists regain the leadership. In the absence of Jewish participation, the government will probably announce a Palestine policy shortly without discussions with Zionist leaders, he predicts.

An editorial in the Sunday Times (which has no connection with the London Times) says that the new American oil deals in the Middle East will make American capitalists look unfavorably on a policy calculated to antagonize the Arab world, “nor can they remain indifferent to the terrorism of the extreme Zionists.” It foresees, therefore, that powerful American interests will now exert pressure to bring about a solution of the Palestine problem.

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