Secret letter from British Consul-General in Jerusalem to Eastern
Department at FO B.A.B. Burrows:
Meulen stated 'his present object was to size up for himself
the present situation in the Middle East, mainly to see whether
it would throw any light on the problem of how the Dutch should
deal with the Indonesian Moslem population'. To this end Meulen
travelled to Cairo, Amman, Tel Aviv and talked to king Abdullah
and Sharrett and 'other prominent Israelis':
Conditions in the ME very worrying 'he was clearly despondent
about the future of the Arab countries in the Middle East'
Ibn Saud -'a great man, relative however to the standards of
'Old Arabia' and these standards fast disappearing. 'Death would
reveal very little had actually been done to improve life for
citizens and American money and exploitation was a corrupting
Egypt - 'corrupt to the core', predicted 'Transjordan and Iraq
would collapse as soon as our help was withdrawn'
Israelis - Meulen appealed to Israeli government to help Indonesian
Muslims - Israelis refused as they were now 'an oriental people
(and therefore) they felt bound to show sympathy with other Orientals/subject
nations who were striving to get free. They would not however
give any help to a people when they did not think they would be
able to stand on their own legs'
Meulen urged Israeli government to take back larger numbers
of Arab refugees 'Sharett rather excitedly said that this was
quite impossible for security reasons'