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Liberal Party of London Urges British Government to Recognize Israel

September 30, 1948
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A resolution urging the British Government to recognize the Government of Israel was adopted today by the London Council of the liberal Party.

The General Zionist administrative committee of the British Zionist Federation today welcomed the merger of the General Zionist “A” Party, Aliya Hadashah and General Zionist Laborites of Israel into a Progressive Bloc. A resolution declared that the Federation has “traditionally stood for a constructive alliance with all progressive forces in Israel and for cooperation with labor.”

In an article for the Overseas News Agency, Prof. Harold Laski, former chairman of the executive committee of the British Labor Party, today proposed that the Jews be awarded the Negev but under certain conditions which, he believed, might prove an acceptable compromise.

“The wise thing seems to he an agreement ,” he wrote, “ratified by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris, in which the Jews are given the Negev but for the next decade, notify their willingness themselves to limit immigration there outside their moral obligation to receive the DP’s in Europe and their children; that would give time for the mediation commission proposed by Bernadotte show whether it can readily be of use. But it is excessive to ask the Jews to sacrifice barren land they are able and willing to bring into use which, under Arab ownership, will still remain wasteland over which a handful of Bedouins roam.”

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