Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Roosevelt and the Settling of Jews in Transjordan

What would you know. 

From an Aide-Mémoire of The British Embassy to the Department of State

"It is understood that the President has frequently shown an interest in the possibility of some development and settlement either of Arabs from Palestine or else of Jews in Trans-Jordan. His Majesty’s Government share the President’s desire for such a development though expert investigations have indicated that the possibilities are somewhat limited. While the situation in Palestine has been tense and the Arab fear of domination by a Jewish minority continued, it was politically impossible for the Trans-Jordan authorities however willing they might be, to consent to any such Jewish settlement. His Majesty’s Government hope that their policy in Palestine will enable peace and confidence to be restored there in the near future and that in due course therefore it will be possible, if the Jews handle the matter tactfully, for them to induce the Arabs to agree to a development in Trans-Jordan on the lines which the President has advocated."

By the way, who wrote this?

I have read with interest and a good deal of dismay the decisions of the British Government regarding its Palestine policy.
I wish you would let me have a copy of the original Palestine Mandate. Frankly, I do not believe that the British are wholly correct in saying that the framers of the Palestine Mandate “could not have intended that Palestine should be converted into a Jewish state against the will of the Arab population of the country”.
My recollection is that this way of putting it is deceptive for the reason that while the Palestine Mandate undoubtedly did not intend to take away the right of citizenship and of taking part in the Government on the part of the Arab population, it nevertheless did intend to convert Palestine into a Jewish Home which might very possibly become preponderantly Jewish within a comparatively short time. Certainly that was the impression that was given to the whole world at the time of the Mandate. The statement on your Page #6, paragraph #2, quoting the White Paper of 1933 [1922], bears out my contention.
This new White Paper admits that the British Mandate is “to secure the development of self-governing institutions”. Frankly, I do not see how the British Government reads into the original Mandate or into the White Paper of 1922 any policy that would limit Jewish immigration.
My offhand thought is that while there are some good ideas in regard to actual administration of government in this new White Paper, it is something that we cannot give approval to by the United States.


Dan Kelso said...

1936 - as desperate Jews tried to flee Hitler, not a single visa was granted for them in Jewish Mandate Palestine

Dan Kelso said...

Another good article.
Uncovered: U.K. intel encouraged Arab armies to invade Israel in 1948
Intelligence obtained by the French secret services in the Middle East sheds new light on Britain’s role in the Arab-Israeli War of Independence.
By Meir Zamir
Sep 14, 2014