{art 1 of a series}

by Felix Quigley

November 1, 20O8

We begin a study of the actual situation which the Jewish people faced on the setting up of the state of Israel in 1948. This is a period much lied about, especially by antisemites, some of whom even consider themselves to be on the “Left”. This will involve many articles. We will break the extensive facts down into specific units. Much of this is from The Nation which has a policy of open dissemination of facts for fair use

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United States Minister to Beirut Tells About
Federal Plan or Abdullah Conquest

On February 11, 1948, the United States Min-
ister in Beirut, Mr. Lowell C. Pinkerton, in-
formed the United States State Department of
the plans being discussed in Lebanon for sub-
stituting the partition plan with a new scheme
either in the form of a federal state or in the form
of a Jewish state within a Greater Palestine.
In his communication Mr. Pinkerton wrote :
“Many Lebanese feel that they have already
shown an earnest of their intention to prevent
partition at all costs, and that Jews now doubt
their own ability to defend the territory allot-
ted to them by the partition plan.
“Two proposals, at least, have been discussed,
either of which might be acceptable to a size-
able number of the Arabs.

If adopted, the first
might be only prelude to the second :
“1. Revival of the eleventh hour Arab com-
promise suggestion at Lake Success—can-
tonization, or a federal state.
“2. An autonomous Jewish state within a
Greater Palestine, under King Abdullah,
which would have all its own machinery of

Note: This shows that the US were trying to sabotage the UN vote of the Un Partition Resolution of November 29, 1937

The following may be helpful

The United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine or United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181 was a plan approved by the General Assembly on November 29, 1947[1] to terminate the British Mandate of Palestine by August 1, 1948, and facilitate the creation of two states, one Jewish and one Arab. The plan was approved by a vote of 33 to 13, with 10 abstentions. On March 5, 1948, the United Nations Security Council reached an impasse when it refused to pass a resolution which would have accepted the partition plan as a basis for Security Council action.[2] The United States subsequently recommended a temporary UN trusteeship for Palestine “without prejudice to the character of the eventual political settlement”, and the Security Council voted to send the matter back to the General Assembly for further deliberation.[3]

A little more on the United States actual position

The Turning Point

At a National Security Council meeting on 12 February 1948, US Secretary of Defense James Forrestal said that any serious attempt to implement partition in Palestine would set in motion events that would result in at least a partial mobilization of United States armed forces. [31]

On 16 February 1948, The Chairman of Palestine Commission, presenting its first report to Security Council, declared that implementation of Partition would be impossible without an armed force.[32]

The “Big Four’ subsequently agreed that outside Arab intervention represented a threat to peace. At the same time, China insisted that the Jewish side was also bringing in outside forces and arms.[33]

In a speech delivered on 25 March 1948, US President Truman recommended a temporary trusteeship and stated that the use of force was inconsistent with the UN Charter:

This country vigorously supported the plan for partition with economic union recommended by the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine and by the General Assembly. We have explored every possibility consistent with the basic principles of the Charter for giving effect to that solution. Unfortunately, it has become clear that the partition plan cannot be carried out at this time by peaceful means. We could not undertake to impose this solution on the people of Palestine by the use of American troops, both on Charter grounds and as a matter of national policy.[34]

The British government had already refused to use force to impose a solution that wasn’t acceptable to both sides.[35] Article 12 of the UN Charter only empowers the General Assembly to make recommendations. Article 27 of the Charter provides that apart from mere procedural matters, the non-permanent members of the security council cannot decide matters without the concurring votes of the permanent members.

From the above it can be seen that the capitalist states of the world, and China included, passed the resolution at the United Nations to create two states, and thus to create the first Jewish independent states. Then they refused to implement the resolution, especially britain and the US.

That left the Jewish people completely on their own.

And so it was. Some months later Israel declared the new state born (on 14 May) and the Jews alone had to defend it, even though it was passed by the UN General Council Resolution.

The Israeli Declaration of Independence (Hebrew: הכרזת העצמאות‎, Hakhrazat HaAtzma’ut or Hebrew: מגילת העצמאותMegilat HaAtzma’ut), made on 14 May 1948 (5 Iyar, 5708), the day the British Mandate expired, was the official announcement that the new Jewish state named the State of Israel had been formally established in parts of what was known as the British Mandate for Palestine and on land where, in antiquity, the Kingdoms of Israel, Judah and Judea had once been.

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