U.S. At War: Tinderbox

Quietly, New York's Senator Robert Wagner and Ohio's Robert Taft introduced a short resolution, asking that Congress reaffirm the 1922 U.S. approval of Palestine as a Jewish national homeland.

The impact of this little resolution on the Arab-speaking Near East was that of a Turkish earthquake. For one thing it came at a critical time: on March 31. Jewish immigration into Palestine (which began under the 26-year-old Balfour Declaration) will end under the British White Paper of 1939.

From Iraq's Senate and Chamber of Deputies came furious protest: [The resolution] would strengthen the efforts...

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