The Director of Near Eastern and
African Affairs (Henderson) to the Acting Secretary of
If time permits I believe you will wish to note the attached memorandum prepared in the Division of Near Eastern Affairs relative to the probable attitude of the new Labor Government in England toward the Palestine question.
You will note that in 1939 many Labor members of Parliament, including several influential members of the present Cabinet, were strongly opposed to the White Paper on Palestine setting forth the Chamberlain Government’s policy on Palestine, which is still in force but which will presumably require some modification in the near future.
You will also note that while the Labor Party is definitely committed to a pro-Zionist policy, there is some question as to the extent to which it will find it feasible to put this policy into operation.
- Palestine: Statement of Policy (London, His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1939; Cmd. 6019).↩
- Of November 2, 1917. Text in Foreign Relations, 1917, supp. 2, vol. i, p. 317, footnote 1.↩
- See Parliamentary Debates: House of Commons Official Report, 5th series, vol. 347, cols. 1937–2056, 2129–2190.↩
- For the text of the mandate of July 24, 1922, see Treaty Series No. 728; 44 Stat. (3) 2184; Foreign Relations, 1924, vol. ii, p. 213.↩
- Ellipsis in the original.↩
- Signed at San Francisco, June 26, 1945 (Treaty Series No. 993; 59 Stat. (2) 1031).↩