If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem: American Jews and the State of Israel

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EIGHT
The Making of a State

FOR SEVERAL years the British had been considering getting out of Palestine. The subject had been raised periodically in Parliament during the war, and was more frequently heard there in 1945 and 1946 as the Holy Land's descent into anarchy began.

The British were troubled most by the posture of the United States, which offered lofty advice about the refugee problem but did nothing to alleviate Britain's troubles with the Arabs. Thus Lord Altrincham, an opponent of continued British presence in Palestine, told the House of Lords on October 30, 1946, "I am bound to say that if the United States continues to claim to dictate a policy for immigration into Palestine regardless of the facts while we bear the brunt, then the only course for us is to return the Mandate to the United Nations and to ask them to take action upon it."

And three months later, Churchill declared that "we should definitely give notice that, unless the United States come in with us shoulder to shoulder on a fifty-fifty basis, to take a half and half share of the bloodshed, odium, trouble, expense, and worry, we will lay our Mandate at the feet of the United Nations Organization."

Foreign Secretary Bevin, too, was aware of the failure of Britain's Palestine policy and increasingly irate over the way his campaign against Jewish terrorism was making him look like some Hitlerian monster before the eyes of the world. He made a last attempt to resolve the Palestine question in January, 1947, by calling a conference of Arab and Jewish leaders in London. The Jewish Agency boycotted the meeting, and the Arab

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Maps vii
  • Introduction ix
  • Six Days in June 1
  • One - The Dream of Herzl 11
  • Two - Zion in the New World 42
  • Three - Toward the Balfour Declaration 69
  • Four - A Troubled Mandate 100
  • Five - Toward the White Paper 133
  • Six - Zionism at War 175
  • Seven - Agitation and Agony 253
  • Eight - The Making of a State 337
  • Nine - Medinat Yisrael 406
  • Ten - The Unending War 497
  • List of Jewish Organizations in the United States 593
  • Acknowledgments 597
  • Bibliography 599
  • Index 605
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