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 vital Palestine among Israel and Jordan - and the levels of its implementation. an incredible topic emerges: that Britain's heart East coverage used to be a functionality of 2 major beneficial properties: Britain's shut alliance with Transjordan; and its pragmatic adaptability to advancements within the region. in line with fundamental resources made to be had just recently in British, Israeli and American records, the ebook bargains new insights right into a coverage which used to be to have a long way reaching-effects.
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55 Whereas before April 1948 it seemed that the negotiations were progressing towards a non-aggression agreement, at the beginning of April the two sides found themselves in deadlock owing to the King's insistence, publicly and privately, on his 'Autonomy Plan'. Furthermore Abdullah declared that he would desist from sending messages of negotiation until 'both sides were in a more reasonable mood'. 56 Notwithstanding this deadlock, at the beginning of May a meeting took place between two senior Hagana and British Legion officers (Colonel Goldie and Major Crocker).
48 Bevin told Foreign Office officials that he was confident of American support for the Transjordan scheme, as it promised the creation of a Jewish state. He hoped his plan might even bring the Americans to pressure the Jews into the future state to give up a reasonable amount of their customs revenues to support the Transjordan economy. 49 In fact, the Americans were informed at an early stage about the Transjordan government's wishes. However, the Anglo-American agreement concerning Abdullah's plan was not fully disclosed.
He knew the King would not alter his original plan but was less confident about how Abdullah would proceed once he arrived at the Hebron-Ramallah line. He could only agree with Glubb that the extraordinary British position in Transjordan would enable it to know in advance the plans of the King, knowing that Glubb in particular was able to inform the British about Abdullah's military plans. Glubb was explicitly asked by 21 22 Britain and the Arab-Israeli Conflict the Foreign Office to continue serving his 'two masters', namely the British and the Legion.
Britain and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1948-51 by Ilan Pappe