Israel Suggestion that US Stockpile Wheat and Oil in Israel
DOC-E  59
Date  15/12/1950
Collection  State Dep
Subject  Israel Suggestion that US Stockpile Wheat and Oil in Israel
Memorandum of Conversation with Foreign Minister of Israel Moshe Sharett, Theodor Kollek, Moshe Keren, and
Mr. Waldo, December 15, 1950. Secretary of State File. Acheson Papers

December 15, 1950

SUBJECT: Israel Suggestion that US Stockpile Wheat and Oil in Israel

PARTICIPANTS: S - The Secretary Moshe Sharett, Foreign Minister of Israel Mr. Theodor
Kollek, E. E. and M. P. of Israel Moshe Keren, Counselor, Embassy of Israel Mr. Waldo -

I received Messrs. Sharett, Kolleck and Keren at their request.
Mr. Sharett began by referring to his earlier discussion with me on October 20
concerning the food shortage in Israel. In a continuation of his earlier remarks, he said
that Israel was faced with a very difficult situation as regards both food and fuel supplies,
particularly in the light of the dangerous international situation. Israel's plight arose
principally from the fact that Israel was isolated from the neighboring Arab states and
could not depend upon them for any type of essential supplies. He wondered whether, in
view of the possibility of war between the East and the West, the US would be willing to
stockpile wheat and oil in Israel. Food and fuel were Israel's most urgent and vital
necessities, without which it could not exist. Stockpiling by the US of these commodities
in Israel might fit in well with US plans for the area. Israel, of course, had no objection to
similar aid by the US to the neighboring Arab states. The Foreign Minister stressed,
however, that Israel was dependent on sources outside the area for food and fuel,
whereas the Arab states were not. Israel hoped that the US Government might decide
that a stockpile of wheat and oil in Israel was in accord with US interests and therefore
desirable. The Foreign Minister pointed out that these supplies would belong to the US
Government and could be drawn upon by the
US at will. He admitted frankly, however, that a stockpile of these supplies in Israel would
be a safeguard for the population of Israel. In the event the necessity should arise for the
use of some of the supplies by Israel, consideration would also be given to questions of
payment and other related matters. Israel's population was prepared to do its part in the
event a third world war should engulf the area. Israel's capacity to undertake any
commitments would depend upon the availability of supplies of these essential
I said that this question was one which would have to be very carefully considered by all
sections of this Government interested in this type of problem. We were glad to hear that
he intended to discuss the matter with other officials of this Government, including Mr.
Harriman and General Marshall. I suggested that he give the interested officers in the
Department pertinent details of his suggestions and we would consider them.
On leaving, the Foreign Minister said that he had a very pleasant visit in the US, had
learned a great deal, and was especially appreciative of the helpful cooperation which the
US delegation to the UN had given to the Israel delegation on all matters. He was
particularly grateful for the fact that we had supported his delegation in their stand on
Jerusalem and had voted against the Belgian resolution in the GA.
Dean Acheson

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