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Dr.Weizman's Projected Visit to
1. In the course of a recent
conversation with a friend, Dr. Weizman
mentioned that he was planning to visit
the U.S.A. in about two months' time.
Before going, however, he said he was
anxious to see Dr. Robert Nathan,
economist, in order to discuss with him
various plans for the development of
Palestine. Among these plans were those
contained in Lowdermilk's
"Palestine - Land of Promise". When he
reached America he intended to see
President Roosevelt and
representatives of the government with a
view to seeking their aid for the
prosecution of his plans. Mr.
Churchill himself, he said, had
recommended him to adopt this course .
2. A second source reports that Dr.
Weizman also discussed his projected visit
to the U.S.A. at a recent meeting of the
Agency Executive. He had said that Mr.
Churchill had told him that, in spite of
his own sympathy with Zionism, he could do
little more to help the Movement owing to
opposition from many of the leading
elements in the Conservative Party. Dr.
Weizman therefore believed that future
help from the British Government could
only be obtained if strong pressure were
brought to bear by the United States. With
this end in view he was planning both
intensive and extensive activities in
America. He would not, however, neglect
any opportunity of improving relations
with the Conservative Party in Great