CONVERSATION WITH THE MILITARY LIAISON OFFICE OF THE
JEWISH AGENCY, MAJOR HERTZOG, on
31 MARCH 1948
(Memorandum by Col. Roscher Lund)
The main advantage in the scheme would be to keep in Palestine a nucleus of a future police force with knowledge of the country and the Arab and Hebrew languages, and personal contacts with the population and the Arab and Jewish police personnel. This would aid the building up of a future police force in Jerusalem, and eventually, in other parts of Palestine, to a large extent.
I asked him whether he had any particular police officer in mind as Chief of such a force, He said he had not, but mentioned the Chief of Police in Jaffa-Tel Aviv as a very suitable man. As Chief of Police in both these cities, he is regarded with confidence by both Arabs and Jews, but Major Hertzog did not know whether he was willing to undertake such a task.
This is not the first time a similar subject has been mentioned to me by Major Hertzog. He hinted some time ago that the Jewish Agency (or Hagana) had considered employing a number of British police specialists for training Jewish police for the Jewish State. The scheme, however, had been abandoned for political reasons.
It is interesting to receive this proposal from the Jewish side which, until recently, objected to British being employed in the future U.N. administration. At this stage, the proposal can hardly be regarded as the official opinion of the Jewish Agency, but it was obviously not a coincidence in view of the conversation that took place at the same time between Mr. Azcarate and Mrs. Eytan.
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