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Summer Welles Voices “reluctant Conclusion” That Partition is Only Palestine Solution

May 20, 1947
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Scoring the refusal of the U.S. Government to voice and implement a policy on Palestine, Summer Welles, former Assistant Secretary of State, said tonight that he had come to the reluctant conclusion that partition of Palestine into a Jewish and Arab state was the only practical solution. Mr. Welles spoke at a dinner tendered him by the American Jewish Congress at the Hotel Bradford.

“But no form of partition would be acceptable, or even conceivable, unless it allotted to the Jews an area within Palestine amply sufficient to provide homes for all of the Jewish people in Europe who wish to go there; unless the areas to be placed under Jewish sovereignty were contiguous, rather than gerrymandered, as in the iniquitous partition proposal of last autumn, unless such territory comprised the major extension of the seacoast, and unless it contained the whole of Negev, so that such development projects as that of Dr. Lowdermilk for the creation of a Jordan Valley Authority would be carried out,” Mr. Welles said.

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