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John F. Kennedy Administration: Kennedy Angered Over Letters To Arab Leaders

(June 10, 1961)

In this memorandum President Kennedy demands to know who suggested to him to send letters to Arab leaders, since the result was not a positive one.

I want a report from the State Department, I asked Secretary Rusk about this, on whose idea it was for me to send the letters to the Middle Eastern Arab leaders./2/ The reaction has been so sour I would like to know whose idea it was, what they hoped to accomplish and what they think we have now accomplished.

/2/See Document 42.


Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Country Series, Palestine, Refugees, Vol. I, 4/61-11/61. No classification marking.

Sources: Foreign Relations of the United States, 1961-1963: Near East, 1962-1963, V. XVIII. DC: GPO, 2000.