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Palestine High Commissioner Arrives in England for Conference with Cabinet Members

January 5, 1947
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Palestine High Commissioner Sir Alan G. Cunningham arrived here this afternoon by air from Malta, where he had paused overnight en route from Jerusalem, and left immediately for conferences with Colonial Minister Arthur Creech-Jones at which Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery was present.

It is understood that Sir Alan will see Foreign Minister Bevin tomorrow morning. The Daily Telegraph’s diplomatic correspondent says today that the High Commissioner will tell the Cabinet ministers that it is becoming increasingly difficult to control British forces in Palestine in face of the continuing terror.

While here, Sir Alan will be guarded by special security police who have been detailed to accompany him to all private and official functions. Two officers escorted him on the trip from Palestine.


In a message to the Hebrew press in Palestine, released here this afternoon, David Ben Gurion, who yesterday saw Creech-Jones, expressed hope that there would be a renewal of cooperation with Britain based on “mutual trust.” He also voiced the hope that an understanding could be reached with the Arabs.

According to reliable sources, quoted by Reuters, the prospects of Zionist participation in the London Conference have lessened by the refusal of the Colonial Minister to offer any concessions in the course of his talks with Ben Gurion. Ben Gurion refused again today to divulge the contents of the talks, stating that any information must come from Creech-Jones. The chairman of the Zionist executive conferred this morning with Dr. Chaim Weizmann, presumably to report on the discussions with the Colonial Minister.

In his statement to the press, Ben Gurion said that the Zionist movement faced grave tests, but stressed that there were prospects for achievements of its aims. He listed as essential conditions for the “salvation of the Jewish people,” the following measures:

Speedy creation of a Jewish state, increased immigration and land settlement, greater internal and external independence, a foreign policy which would anlist the sympathy and aid of nations of both the East and the West, renswal of cooperation with Britain and an alliance with the Arab peoples.


Influential sections of the British press have come around to the belief that partition is the only solution of the Palestine problem. The London News Chronicle says that some definite decision is necessary in order “to draw the teeth” of the extremists and adds that the only policy offering substantial hope of peace is partition with a Jewish state controlling its own affairs.

The Manchester Guardian, which has already gone on record as favoring partition, suggests today that since it is doubtful whether Britain has a legal right to partition Palestine, which might be opposed by the Arab states and the Soviet Union, the best solution would be to present the partition proposal to the United Nations for approval.

It proposes that the Jews get the Negev in addition to the areas usually mentioned for inclusion in a Jewish state and that Jerusalem and a small area of the country be made a U.N. trusteeship administered by Britain or an international authority. Whatever plan is proposed, however, must include withdrawal of the bulk of British troops within 12 months, the paper says.

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