Anglo-American Diplomacy and the Palestinian Refugee by S. Waldman

By S. Waldman

This quantity examines British and US attitudes in the direction of the capacity and mechanisms for the facilitation of an Arab-Israeli reconciliation, focusing particularly at the refugee think about diplomatic tasks. It explains why Britain and the USA have been not able to reconcile the neighborhood events to an contract at the way forward for the Palestinian refugees.

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157 One particularly vocal opponent of partition was Loy Henderson. 159 Henderson further stated that as well as undermining relations with the Arab world, it would also affect Britain’s ability to maintain bases and remain a stabilizing power in the area. 160 Henderson was not alone in his views. 161 Some of Henderson’s assertions were repeated by King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud in a message to President Truman. ’162 Henderson was called to a meeting with President Truman to discuss his views. Also present were Clark Clifford and David Niles, advisors to the president who were sympathetic to the majority report.

2 Meanwhile, UN General Assembly Resolution 194 established the mechanism through which the outstanding political differences between Israel and the Arab states would be discussed. Among them were the potential return, resettlement and rehabilitation of the refugees. 3 However, in order to implement these initiatives, Britain and the US had to overcome their own internal differences about how such a mechanism would and should work, and how aid could be administered and organized. They also had to identify the basis for negotiations between Israel and the Arab states.

7 Accusations were circulated that there had been an agreement between Britain and the Haganah to expel Arabs from their homeland. 8 Even though the US did not have soldiers on the ground or administrative responsibility, like Britain, it saw the potential of increased Arab anger because of the refugee problem. 10 As such, while it may be cynical to suggest that British and US aid had no benevolent intentions, their main motive was to impress upon the Arabs concern for their cause and to regain goodwill.

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