867N.01/8–1648

The Secretary of State to the Special Representative of the United States in Israel (McDonald)

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Dear McDonald: Thanks for your letter of August 16.1 I am glad to have your general impressions regarding the prospects of recognition by Great Britain, France, Italy and Greece.

Regarding the present truce, the President and I have received and discussed your telegram no. 70 of August 24.2 As a lengthy telegraphic reply will be sent to you shortly, I will not comment on this subject in this letter, other than to express the conviction that the truce is a necessity to any hope for a peaceful settlement and the present evident aggressive tendencies of the Israeli Government to capitalize to the limit on military advantages, real and anticipated, is bound to have unfortunate results where a more conservative course can well lead to a settlement advantageous to that Government.

Faithfully yours,

G. C. Marshall
  1. Not printed.
  2. Sent 10 a.m., p. 1337.