State of Israel (Recognition)

Oral Answers to Questions — Palestine – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th September 1948.

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Photo of Mr William McAdam Mr William McAdam , Salford North 12:00 am, 20th September 1948

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what consultations His Majesty's Government have had with the Government of the U.S.A. in regard to the recognition by both Governments of the State of Israel.

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

The Jewish authorities in Palestine have already been recognised de facto as a provisional government by the Government of the United States. His Majesty's Government have not so far extended similar recognition and in present circumstances there is no change in their attitude.

Photo of Mr William McAdam Mr William McAdam , Salford North

May I ask my hon. Friend if the British Government are entering into consultation with the United States with a view to both Governments recognising the State of Israel?

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

We are in constant touch with the Government of the United States on the Palestine question, but I could not give that assurance.