By David A. Charters

The 1st complete scholarly examine of the British Army's crusade opposed to the Jewish insurgency in postwar Palestine, this publication indicates how outmoded doctrine, conventional resistance to alter, and postwar turbulence hampered the army's efforts to switch its counter-insurgency strategies. It additionally exhibits why the safety forces did not advance intelligence adequate to defeat the insurgents.

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I am now definitely of the opinion that the only hope of getting a peaceful solution of the Palestine The Political Setting 35 problem is to introduce a plan for partition. If this is not done at once, I can see no hope for a peaceful solutionYl Ritchie Oven dale argues that the situation 'on the ground' in Palestine persuaded the British government to search for an alternative to implementation of the commission's report. 92 They were not long alone in this. Truman's reassurances to American Zionists notwithstanding, the President was quickly retreating from further American commitment on the matter.

71 Beeley himself may have been one of the most influential; Sir John Martin, then a Colonial Office official, remarked in an interview, 'One wondered how much of the thinking was Bevin and how much was Harold Beeley'. 72 Be that as it may, Bevin's opinions carried considerable weight in Cabinet, on Palestine as on other foreign policy issues. He was, in his biographer's estimate, second in influence only to the Prime Minister in the important Defence Committee of Cabinet. He sought and usually received Attlee's support, and his position was often strengthened by his ability to produce bi-partisan support on foreign policy.

20 In February 1945, the Colonial Secretary, aware that the White Paper immigration quota would be exhausted before the end of the year, urged the Cabinet either to approve partition or to produce a better option. But the balance of opinion now opposed partition, the new High Commissioner and Lord Moyne's replacement adding their voices to the opposition. Sir Edward Grigg, the new Minister Resident, took up Colonel Stanley's challenge and presented a proposal for an international trust scheme in which Arabs and Jews would share power in governing a unitary Palestine, while an international body representing the major powers and the Arabs and Jews would decide immigration policy.

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