By Ilan Pappe

In an research of Britain's coverage in the direction of Palestine within the post-mandatory period, the writer examines the conditions which ended in the formula of Britain's coverage - the partition of essential Palestine among Israel and Jordan - and the phases of its implementation. an enormous subject matter emerges: that Britain's heart East coverage was once a functionality of 2 major beneficial properties: Britain's shut alliance with Transjordan; and its pragmatic adaptability to advancements within the zone. in response to fundamental assets made on hand just recently in British, Israeli and American records, the e-book deals new insights right into a coverage which used to be to have a ways reaching-effects.

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He warned that this course of action would lead to the destruction of the League and would deal a severe blow to the British position in the Arab world. Beeley argued that supporting The Emergence of the Trans jordan Option 11 Abdullah in this scheme would mean taking a position against the majority of the Arab League. 32 Bevin expressed similar apprehensions in a conversation with Marshall. However, there was a significant difference between Bevin's and Beeley's outlook for the future. Beeley predicted that the local Arab Palestinians would launch guerrilla warfare against the Jews and would succeed in creating an independent state in Arab Palestine.

The Iraqi Regent told the British ambassador in Baghdad that if the war were to be stopped by a great power or by the UN, Arab honour would be satisfied. The Foreign Office suggested that the Arabs should agree to a truce. However, the trend in the Arab world was to continue the fighting. In Dara'a, the Arab leaders pressured Abdullah to deepen the involvement of the Arab Legion 30 Britain and the Arab-Israeli Conflict and to have it move against the Jewish state, an action regarded by Abdullah as insane.

However, according to American documents, the Israelis had ambushed the Legion convoy on its way from Gaza to Amman, while the Legion was moving from Gaza to Amman as part of the British withdrawal plan. 65 The battle over Gush Etzion was not part of the struggle over Arab Palestine; it had more to do with the battle over Jerusalem on whose future the two sides had failed to reach an agreement. Thus answering the question of whether there was or was not an agreement, it is best to point out that there was an agreement, but that it was neither written nor binding.

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