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May 22, 1964 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1964-05-22

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Weizmann Diaries Repudiate 'Bribe' Charge
by Saud Quoted in State Department Records

(Continued from Page 1)
on my trip to America" and quoted velt should tell Ibn Saud that they his tone was very different. He said nonsense.' The truth was that the rel-
wished to see your program carried he had visited Ban Saud, who had ations between Philby and Ibn Saud
Allegations made by Hoskins, Churchill as saying:
through; that is number one; number spoken of me in the angriest and most had never been better, and these re-
"I am glad you are going, and I
that Dr. Chaim Weizmann of-
two is that they should support his contemptous manner, asserting that I lations, I might add, remain unchang-
am sure you will find a great deal
overlordship
of the Arab countries had tried to bribe him with 20,000,000 ed at the time of writing."
fered a "bribe" to King Saud of of work to do there." Then, without and raise a loan
for him to enable pounds to sell out Palestine to the
Arabia, were shown here as com- prompting by Dr. Weizmann, Chur- him to develop his territories.' I now," Jews. I was quite staggered by this
chill continued: "I want you to know
added Dr. Weizmann, "fitted together interpretation put on a proposal which
pletely baseless .
that I have a plan, which of course
St. John Philby's 'offer' and Mr. Chur- I had never made, but a form of
GOING TO THE BEACH?
only be carried into effect
chill's 'plan.' "
which had in fact been made to me
The charge that Dr. Weizmann can
Surwin's have the largest selection
when the war is over. I would like
"I have told in another part of this by Ibn Saud's representative — St.
of
swim
suits and active sportswear
had offered a "bribe" of 20,000,000 to see Ibn Saud made lord of the chapter
how St. John Philby, the con- John Philby.
by Catalina, Jack Winters, Oleg
Middle East—the boss of bosses—
pounds sterling to King Saud for provided
fidential agent. of Ibn Saud, brought
"Col. Hoskins reported f u r th e r
Cassini, Roxanne, Country Set, Sea-
he settles with you. It will
B's.
an 'offer' which seemed to coin- that Ibn Saud would never again per
Jewish control of Palestine, also be up to you to get the best possible us
cide with the 'plan' which Mr. Chur- mit Mr. Philby to cross the frontiers
Of course we shall help
SURWIN'S
was contained in the 1943 memor- conditions.
chill
put
so
hastily
before
me
a
few
of
his
kingdom.
Sometime
later
I
told
you. Keep this confidential, but you
hours before my departure for Amer- St. John Philby by Col. Hoskin's re-
Lot G, Northland Center
andum to President Roosevelt.
might talk it over with Roosevelt
ica-
port. Philby dismissed it as bloody
when you get to America. There's
The Hoskins memorandum stat- nothing he and I cannot do if we
"In America I met a Colonel Hos-
kin's, of the Eastern Division of the
ed that it was impossible to obtain set our minds on it."
State Department, whom I under-
The then - Zionist leader remarked
agreement on the Palestine prob- "that
was all' Churchill said at the
stood to be the President's per-
lem between Saud and Dr. Weiz- time, that he was "rather dazed by sonal representative in the Middle
it, "and that he would not have taken
East. Col. Hoskins was not frindly
mann, then president of the World Churchill's
statement literally except
to our cause; on the other hand, he
Zionist Organization. The reason for a "rather extraordinary circum- was not as hostile as his colleagues
stance
which
only
now
became
mean-
of the Eastern Division; in face he
was, according to Hoskins, that ingful to me."
was in comparison rather reason-
Is Pleased to Announce
King Saud had been offended by
able.
In his opinion, something could
"A few months before," Dr. Weiz-
done in Palestine if the Jews
the alleged Weizmann 'bribe.' An- mann wrote, "I had met with St. be
The Appointment of
would,
as
he
called
it,
`moderate
Philby, the famous traveler in
other document in the volume in- John
their demands.' He spoke of bring-
Arabia and confidant of Ibn Saud. We
ing
half
a
million
Jews
into
Pales-
dicated that King Saud had kept had talked about Palestine and Arab tittle in the course of the next 20
and he had made a state-
silent when t h e alleged 'bribe' relations,
ment which I had noted down but years, quite a 'concession' for one
As Sales Manager
who was opposed to Zionism."
which had seemed incomprehensibe to
offer was made.
me coming from him.
Further,
Dr.
Weizmann
con-
23000 WOODWARD AVE., FERNDALE
Not only was King Saud op-
"He (Philby) had said: 'I believe
posed to meeting with Dr. Weiz- that only two requirements perhaps, tinued in his autobiography:
necessary to solve your problem:
"Col. Hoskins left for the Mid-
mann or making an agreement are
that Churchill and President Roose- tile East and, I saw him on his return,
with Zionists. according to the
State Department volume, but he
also indicated that he would also
insist on the removal from Pales-
tine of the Jews who had legally
immigrated into that land during
the war.
However. the book indicated that
another Roosevelt emissary to the
Middle. East. Gen. Patrick Hurley,
had painted a different picture
in a report to President Roose-
velt. Gen. Hurley had reported
that "among the Arabs, there is
little or no anti-Jewish sentiment
as we ordinarily use the term, nor
is there serious opposition to the
concept of a Jewish national
home."
Dr. Weizmann, president of the
World Zionist Organization—later
first President of Israel—dealt
with the Hoskins allegations and
other relevant issues in his auto-
biography, "Trial and Error," pub-
lished in 1P50.
He wrote that he had never
made such a bribe offer and that.
"in fact." a form of such an offer
had been made to Dr. Weizmann
himself by a representative of Ibn
Saud, named St. John Philby.
Tracing the developments of this
issue, Dr. Weizmann told of being
Getting the money you need is almost that easy.
asked by John Winant, U.S. amb-
assador in London, to go to the
United States because President
Roosevelt wanted Dr. Weizmann to
work on the problem of synthetic
rubber.
By March 1963. Dr. Weizmann
was ready to go to the U.S.A. and
dropped in at 10 Downing Street,
the official residence of the British
Prime Minister in London, to say
farewell t o Premier Winston
Churchill's private secretary, John
Martin.
The latter suggested that Dr.
Weizmann see Churchill for a
moment. Dr. Weizmann recalled
that Churchill "wished me luck

IRV KATZ



)

Arab Infiltrators Attack
Israeli Car Near Eilat

TEL AVIV (JTA)—Shavuot holi-
day traffic was interrupted when
infiltrators attacked a car carrying
three tourists and two Israelis near
the Red Sea port of Eilat in South-
ern Israel. The assailants am-
bushed the car, firing seven shots
and hitting mainly the tires.
A car coming from the opposite
direction rescued the uninjured oc-
cupants. Security forces rushed to
the scene of the incident, but the
infiltrators had fled after stealing
the tourists' belongings from the
abandoned vehicle. Footprints led
to the Sinai border. After checking,
the road authorities allowed traffic
to resume.

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