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Churchill Calls for Anglo-u.s. Cooperation on Palestine, Scores White Paper

January 16, 1946
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Terming himself “a Zionist from the very beginning,” former Prime Minister Winston Churchill said last night that he was still opposed to the White Paper which restricts Jewish immigration into Palestine, but believed that the entire problem was one for joint Anglo-American action.

Expressing his approval of the inquiry committee which is now studying the issue, Churchill told a press conference, following his disembarkation from the Queen Elizabeth, that “I think too heavy a weight has been thrown on Britain, considering the complicated nature of her Moslem and Arab relations.” He added that the question “is really too difficult to handle by one nation alone.”

Although he refused to suggest any specific suggestion as to how the United States could help solve the problem, declaring that he “would find it difficult to formate any precise ideas at the present time,” Churchill reiterated his belief that “far factor results can be obtained through the efforts of both nations. They might bring out a most happy solution for the whole world,” he continued.

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