Partner to Partition: The Jewish Agency's Partition Plan in the Mandate Era

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Psychology Press, 1998 - 209 pages
In 1937 the Royal Commission headed by Lord Peel proposed solving the Arab-Jewish conflict by partitioning Palestine into two nation-states. The concept of partition in exchange for a state was acceptable to the Jewish Agency Executive, but not the details set out by the Royal Commission. Thus in 1937-38 the Agency formulated an alternative plan for consideration by the British authorities. At the core of the proposal was the issue of borders. However, the Agency's suggestions and preparations for a Jewish state addressed additional elements, including the question of Jerusalem; population transfer; the status of the Arab minority in the future Jewish state; and plans covering foreign policy, immigration and development, religion and state, finance and security. In this work Yossi Katz shows that the Jewish Agency Executive plans - though never implemented - was not an isolated episode, but had short- and long-term implications from the Jewish perspective.
 

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Contents

The Activism of the Jewish Agency Executive and
17
The Proposal for Partitioning Jerusalem
61
Attempts to Formulate a Plan for Transferring
85
The Status and Rights of the Arab Minority in
111
The Demand for Full Sovereignty and Early Studies
137
Land Purchases and Settlement as Tools for Attaining
163
Postscript or Prelude?
177
Sources
195
Index
205
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