EFRAIM KARSH    Book Number: 84516    Product format: Paperback

On November 29th 1947, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the partition of Palestine into two independent states - one Jewish, the other Arab - linked in an economic union. The city of Jerusalem was to be placed under an international regime, with its residents given the right to citizenship in either the Jewish or the Arab state. 33 UN members supported the resolution, 13 voted against, and 10 abstained, including Great Britain, which had ruled Palestine since the early 1920s under a League of Nations mandate. For Jews all over the world, this was the fulfilment of a millenarian yearning for national rebirth in their ancestral homeland. For Arab political and intellectual élites it was a shameful surrender to a foreign invader. In Jewish localities throughout Palestine, crowds danced in the streets: in the Arab capitals there were violent demonstrations. The resolution changed the political landscape of the Middle East, giving rise to six fully-fledged wars between Arabs and Jews, as well as the profound shattering of Palestinian Arab society. In this ground-breaking book, Efraim Karsh explores the breakdown in relations between the two communities in an arresting story of delicate political and diplomatic manoeuvring by leading figures over the years leading up to partition, through the slide to war and its enduring consequences. Superb background history, 342pp, 16 pages of photos, paperback.
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ISBN 9780300172348
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