chapter  8
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Cooperation or Confrontation?

ByIsaiah Friedman

This chapter discusses the cooperation and confrontation between Arabs and British Jews. Emir Feisal, the son of King Hussein of the Hedjaz, appealed to the Jews to cooperate with the Arabs. His belief was that Jews and Arabs were cousins. The transformation that took place in Feisal's outlook was remarkable. Feisal's statement to The Jewish Chronicle fell like a bombshell on British Jews. His statements to The Jewish Chronicle, Herbert Samuel insisted, stood in "flat contradiction" to his letter to Frankfurter and to his recent assurances given both to Dr. Weizmann and to himself. It would have an adverse effect on Jewry at large and would encourage Arab intransigence. In order to assure peace in the Middle East, The Times maintained, satisfaction to legitimate British, French, Arab, and Zionist interests alike should be given. The paper proposed the solution discussed, which could well be taken as reflecting the official view.