The Seat of Pilate; An Account of the Palestine Mandate

The Seat of Pilate; An Account of the Palestine Mandate

The Seat of Pilate; An Account of the Palestine Mandate

The Seat of Pilate; An Account of the Palestine Mandate

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The history of the Palestine Mandate is the history of a Jewish triumph, of an Arab tragedy, and of a British failure. The Jews have celebrated the triumph; the Arabs have bewailed the tragedy. In the accounts of both victor and vanquished the Mandatory Power has figured as the villain of the piece, being accused by the Arabs of having allowed the Jews to establish their National Home in Palestine, and being accused by the Jews of having tried to abort the development of their National Home in Palestine.

The theme of this book is that the Balfour Declaration represented one of the three last attempts on the part of western Europe to re-integrate the Levant into the civilization of the Mediterranean. The other two attempts--the French Mandate in Syria and the award of western Asia Minor to Greece--failed. The attempt inaugurated by the Balfour Declaration succeeded in a way which was most unwelcome to the Power which had sponsored the Declaration. The commitments implied in the Balfour Declaration were entered into as a result of the enthusiasm of a very few people in a position to influence events, and were commended by these few to a wider circle on the ground of the strategic and political advantages to be gained. Apart from these few enthusiasts the Anglo-Zionist alliance expressed in the Palestine Mandate was very much a mariage de convenance.

For thirty-one years the Mandatory Power made a series of attempts to modify the Balfour Declaration policy in the light of growing administrative and political difficulties arising from the development of the Jewish National Home. Until towards the end of the Second World War these difficulties were mainly local and comparatively manageable. Thereafter the impact of Jewish refugees, American domestic politics, the Arab League, the cold war, and Middle East . . .

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