By S. Waldman
This quantity examines British and US attitudes in the direction of the potential 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 united states have been not able to reconcile the neighborhood events to an contract at the way forward for the Palestinian refugees.
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Increasing the pressure, a White House press release of 2 July 1946 detailed a meeting with US members of the Jewish Agency for Palestine such as Rabbi Stephen Wise and Rabbi Abba H. 87 Britain was highly reluctant to ease Jewish immigration into Palestine, believing that the entry of 100,000 Jewish refugees would ‘set aﬂame the whole Middle East’. 91 In one discussion over the US loan to Britain, Adolph J. 98 In the summer of 1947, tensions continued to sour. Acting Secretary of State Robert Lovett noted that large sections of US public opinion had been angered over the Exodus affair, during which the ill-fated ship containing hundreds of Jewish immigrants, including many Holocaust survivors, had been forced to return by the British to Hamburg, Germany.
Commodity prices were further reducing Britain’s purchasing power from the US loan they had received. Even worse, the British Isles was facing its worst winter in 66 years. 47 Not only had Britain informed the US of its inability to maintain support for Greece, but there was also the drafting of the Indian Independence Bill. This made Palestine’s relevance to communication lines along the route to India less of a priority. 48 Further, the idea that Palestine could be an alternative base in case troop numbers in Egypt were exceeded was offset by the possibility that other parts of the region could be used instead.
Britain and the US Respond 43 correct that it solved the problem of demographic instability, it did not lead to a solution between Israel and the Arabs. As war continued, the international community became increasingly aware of the humanitarian crisis facing the Palestinian refugees. 13 Discussing the matter, the Israeli Cabinet on 16 June came to accept the views of the prime minister. 19 This would become a consistent Israeli position later in negotiations. When the second truce went into effect on 18 July, after ten days of ﬁghting an additional 100,000 refugees were created.
Anglo-American Diplomacy and the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1948–51 by S. Waldman