Memorandum by President Roosevelt to the Secretary of State

The more I think of it the more I feel that we should say nothing about the Near East or Palestine or the Arabs at this time.12 If we pat either group on the back, we automatically stir up trouble at a [Page 544] critical moment. Furthermore, the question of arms for Palestine ought not to be mentioned because it is impossible from the military point of view to get them just now.

F[ranklin] D. R[oosevelt]
  1. For correspondence regarding a separate proposal for the issuance of a declaration of policy by this Government with respect to the Near East, see pp. 24 ff.