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Congressmen Call on Truman to Abandon Trusteeship and Support Partition

(May 7, 1948)

Shortly before the British mandate was due to end, the State Department, in a last-minute effort to prevent the partition of Palestine proposed creating a trusteeship. This letter from 39 members of Congress expressed opposition to the abandonment of partition and called on President Truman to support the creation of a Jewish and Arab state, protect Jerusalem (then under siege by the Arabs), lift the arms embargo, take leadership at the UN to direct the Arab states to withdraw their forces from Palestine, and ask the British to restrain Transjordan from intervening in Palestine.