President Needs Advice
Since Partition is a Reality the Economic
Union of Palestine States is Next Task?
Let us be kind to the President of the United States.
Is he not the elected of the people? He is human and he can make mistakes;
he is human and he can persist in his mistakes. But finally he is
eager to disentangle himself from the maze of blunders and find the
way out. Believing wholeheartedly that such is his sincere wish, we
humbly offer our—entirely private—advice.
Since the present special session of the United Nations
was convoked at the request of the United States, it is very important
for this Administration that some useful and positive result should
come out of it.
The President should realize, however, that the United
Nations is a body made up of many nations, not a department of the
Administration in Washington, and the U. S. cannot impose its whim
or the hearts desire of certain civil or military servants or
lobbyists. He should also realize that his advisers on Palestine have
achieved only five things:
Not even the Arabs won anything because of their reversals
on the field of battle. The President would do himself a kindness
if he would drive the advisers who succeeded so much in so little
a time far from the grounds of the White House.
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The President must realize that the partition plan
was not a United States plan that it could revoke at will; the partition
plan was a proposal put forth by the majority of the eleven-member
Special Committee on Palestine appointed by the General Assembly of
the U. N. to investigate the Palestine problem on the spot. In the
selection of member nations for this committee, the Arab states participated,
but not the Jewish Agency. In the vote of Nov. 29 the United States
had only one vote, and if it changed its mind after the vote (under
the pressure of the oil lobby), it is in no different position than
one member of a fifty-member jury who changes his mind after the verdict
has been brought in.
The President should bear in mind that Jewish Palestine
is to a large extent an American investment which should be protected
as much as the oil fields of Arabia, which are American investments
when protection is required, but are largely not American investments
when it comes to paying taxes on profits.
The President should also give thought to the fact
that American oil interests are very different from British oil interests
in the Middle East and that in supporting King Abdullah he works against
the American interests and against Ibn-Saud, but by supporting Jewish
Palestine, he does not work against Ibn-Saud. If Abdullah will return
to Mecca and to the throne of his father and will become Caliph, the
British will be in the saddle in Arabia; they were driven from there
The President should be reminded that partition is
a democratic principle. Only three years ago the Syrian mandate of
the French was terminated by the creation of two republics, the Syrian
Republic with a Moslem majority, and Lebanon with a Christian majority
(and a large Moslem minority), with precisely the purpose of giving
the Christian minority a place where it could work out its own destiny.
Since partition is an accomplished fact in spite
of being disliked by some people in Washington, we shall from now
on speak not about partition, but about the unification or the Union
of the Palestine States.
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Here is a plan for the President to propose and for
the Assembly to act on. Four tasks confront the Special Assembly.
The first task is to establish trusteeship over the Jerusalem enclave.
The three consuls in Jerusalem, of America, of Belgium, of France,
should act as temporary trustees, and should be supplied with police
or a military force as they may see fit to demand, to be contributed
only by those states that agreed to the plan accepted on November
29 regarding Jerusalem and Palestine in general.
After three months these three officers should turn
the trusteeship over to the eleven nations that were originally designated
to make the report on Palestine, or to those of them which voted for
the Majority plan. All decisions should be taken on a
simple majority vote.
The second task concerns the Arab state. The Arabs
of Palestine have not prepared machinery to administer their state,
and refused to do so; moreover they are incapable of doing so. The
Higher Committee does not represent the Arab population,
is not an elected body, and exists only on the assassination of its
political opponents. The trustees of Jerusalem should also be entrusted
with the administration of that part of Palestine, education of the
population in democracy and after a few years with the preparations
for a democratic election. No force, no state, no king should participate
in this administration if it disagrees with the idea of partition.
The third task is to give recognition to the Jewish
State (of which the Jewish Agency is already a trustee) as of May
The fourth task is to select as Commission for the
purpose of negotiating between the Jewish state and the trustees of
the U. N. for the rest of Palestine of setting up a Union of Palestinian
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This plan, if put into effect, would stabilize the
Middle East, would save the Arabs from utter humiliation and calm
the beginning unrest of the Druses in Syria and Kurds in Iraq, would
secure the peace that is necessary for the development of oil, and
would reestablish the equilibrium of the conflicting British and American
interests in the Middle East.
All this would be in full accord with both the letter
and the spirit of the United Nations decision on Palestine of Nov:
29 and would justify the convocation of the present session of the
United Nations on the initiative of the United States.