Pangs of the Messiah: The Troubled Birth of the Jewish State

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ing the period of transition. Cadogan then announced that Britain alone would determine when the Mandate would come to an end.

The reason for Britain's unwillingness to cooperate with the United Nations went beyond mere peevishness. It appeared that Bevin was in fact doing what Begin accused him of; that is, he was engaged in plotting a virtually total collapse of order in Palestine, with or without partition, to justify continued British intervention.

Finally, after some hectic maneuvering by the Zionists and their supporters to influence the General Assembly vote, on November 29, 1947, the proposal for a partition of Palestine passed by a vote of 33 to 13 with ten abstentions. In effect, the United Nations had given its blessing to a Jewish ministate in Palestine.


NOTES
1
Nicholas Bethell, The Palestine Triangle, p. 292.
2
Ibid.
3
Ibid., p. 293.
4
William Roger Louis, "British Imperialism and the End of the Palestine Mandate," in William Roger Louis and Robert W. Stookey, eds., The End of the Palestine Mandate, p. 17.
6
Bethell, The Palestine Triangle, p. 294.
7
Jan Gitlin, Conquest of Acre Fortress, p. 113.
8
Itzhak Gurion, Triumph on the Gallows, p. 144.
10
Bethell, The Palestine Triangle, p. 313.
11
Menachem Begin, The Revolt, p. 284.
13
Jorge Garcia-Granados, The Birth of Israel, pp. 54-55.
14
Gurion, Triumph on the Gallows, p. 165.
15
Shmuel Katz, Yom Ha'Esh, p. 295. In his memoirs, Garcia-Granados changed his statement to sound more neutral and diplomatic, but there is no reason to doubt the version of Katz, who was present at the clandestine meeting.
16
Ruth Gruber, Destination Palestine: The Story of the Hayanah Ship Exodus 1947, p. 18.
17
J. Bowyer Bell, Terror Out of Zion, p. 238.
18
Palestine Post, August 4, 1947.
19
Bowyer Bell, Terror Out of Zion, p. 238.
20
Bernard Postal and Henry W. Levy, And the Hills Shouted for Joy, p. 109.

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