Search JTA's historical archive dating back to 1923

State Dept. Lists Conditions for Support of Israel’s Application for U.N. Membership

September 8, 1948
See Original Daily Bulletin From This Date

The State Department today made public its attitude on the application which the Government of Israel intends to submit to the U.N. general Assembly for membership in the United Nations. The text of a reply on this question sent by Charles E. Bohlen, counselor of the State Department, to Rep. Jacob davits of New York was officially released today. It reads:

“The Provisional Government of Israel has not yet submitted an application for membership in the United Nations. In case it does so and appears at that time to qualify under Article Four of the Charter the United States will, of course, gladly support its application. I believe you will agree that the attitude of United Nations member states toward an application for membership by Israel will be greatly influenced by the course of mediation now being attempted in Palestine by Count Bernadotte, and by the attitude of Israel toward the truce and United Nations efforts to reach a settlement.”

(A cable from Tel Aviv reports that the question of the United States attitude toward Israel’s application for membership in the United Nations is one of the major issues being considered at top level Foreign Ministry conferences which began today in the Israeli capital to chart the nation’s strategy for the forthcoming General Assembly session. Eliahu Epstein, special representative to the U.S., and Aubrey Eban, representative to the U.N., who have just arrived from Washington and New York, respectively, are prominently participating in the conferences.)

Israeli protests against United States restrictions on Jewish emigration from Germany received backing today from Congressman Emanuel Celler of New York, who termed them cruel and based on erroneous interpretations of the United Nations truce resolutions. In a letter to Secretary of State Marshall, Celler attacked the ruling by Assistant Secretary of State for Occupied Areas Charles Salzman, which freezes Jews of “military age and fighting personnel” in German displaced persons camps.

Recommended from JTA