Quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt

I have read with interest and a good deal of dismay the decisions of the British Government regarding its Palestine policy.... Frankly I do not believe that the British are wholly correct in saying that the framers of the Palestine Mandate "could not have intended that Palestine should be converted into a Jewish state against the will of the Arab population of the country."... [W]hile the Palestine Mandate undoubtedly did not intend to take away the right of citizenship and of taking part in the Government on the part of the Arab population, it nevertheless did intend to convert Palestine into a Jewish Home.... Certainly that was the impression that was given to the whole world at the time of the Mandate.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. president. Letter, May 17, 1939, to Secretary of State Cordell Hull. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Foreign Affairs, Second Series. Photocopies of documents from The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, New York, vol. 15, p. 117, ed. Donald B. Schewe, Clearwater Publishing (1969).

Roosevelt concerned himself with the Palestine Question from early in his administration down to a visit with King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia after the Yalta Conference.
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