867N.01/2205: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in Iraq (Henderson)40

23. Department’s 341, February 19, 5 p.m. to Cairo41 and your 35, February 23, 3 p.m. It now appears unlikely that the Palestine [Page 574] Resolutions will be reported out of either the Senate or the House Committee. You may make discreet use of this information in any conversations you may have on this subject. In such conversations you should stress (Department’s 19, February 16, 6 p.m.) the point that even if the Resolutions had been reported out and passed, such action would merely have represented the views of the members of the two Houses and would not have been binding upon the Executive.

In this general connection the Department is under the impression that few people in your territory, even educated and intelligent leaders, fully understand the structure and method of operation of the American form of government. You should take every opportunity to explain our system, particularly with regard to such matters as the Resolutions under discussion.

  1. Repeated, mutatis mutandis, in telegram 408, February 26, 9 p.m., to Cairo, with instructions to repeat in turn to Jerusalem, Beirut, Damascus, and Jidda.
  2. Not printed.