Category Archives: Israel / Palestine

British Government statement on the end of the Palestine Mandate

The British Government issued the following statement when it ended its Mandate to govern Palestine. It gives a very good summary of the aims of the Mandate, its achievements, and the reasons for its eventual failure and the government’s decision … Continue reading

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Israel-Palestine: the one-state-two-nations solution

The Israel-Palestine conflict needs to be solved.  A solution of two nations united within a single state, along the lines of the UK/Scotland/England relationship, would enable the two peoples to share the land, while retaining their national life and identities.

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Composing Israel’s Declaration: Extracts from the book Three Days by Zeev Sharef.

The three days of the title are May 12, 13 and 14, 1948, when the Zionist leaders were meeting in Tel Aviv in the run-up to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine, preparing for the establishment of the … Continue reading

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Genesis, by John B. Judis

Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli conflict by John B. Judis Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, New York, 2014 | ISBN 978037416109-5 (hardback) Publisher’s Description A probing look at one of the most incendiary subjects of our time—the … Continue reading

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Australian Recognition of Israel

The Australian Government formally recognized the State of Israel on 28 January, 1949. This transcript is taken from the government statement as reported in the Australian newspaper The Advertiser the next day and available on the web at

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Truman’s secret Note to Ben-Gurion

On May 28, 1949, President Truman of the USA wrote a strongly worded but secret Note to David Ben-Gurion, Prime Minister of Israel, protesting the rigid Israeli attitude at the Lausanne Conference, which was then in progress under the auspices … Continue reading

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The hidden documents that reveal the true borders of Israel and Palestine

The following article was published on on 23 October 2014. (I have not yet added the links.) I once believed that Israel has never defined its borders. It was one of those things that “everyone knows”. I was corrected … Continue reading

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Max Lowenthal: Diary Extract 15 May, 1948

Max Lowenthal was a Washington lawyer and advisor to President Truman. This extract from his diary was obtained from the Max Lowenthal Papers, University Archives, University of Minnesota (Box 8, Folder 62).

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Resolution of the 1921 World Zionist Congress

The Churchill White Paper of 1922 described how Britain was going to establish a Jewish National Home in Palestine. This policy was implemented in the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine. The White Paper and the Mandate make clear that … Continue reading

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The Borders of Israel and Palestine

This is a preliminary working draft for a book with the same title. My understanding of the topic is improving all the time. For a better and more detailed understanding of some of the issues hers, please see my articles … Continue reading

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