With half of this book, first published in 1986, being given over to Neil Caplan’s detailed analysis and half to the collection of the original documents, the second volume in Futile Diplomacy provides another essential resource for the understanding of the Arab-Israeli conflict. In Arab-Zionist Negotiations and the End of the Mandate a key period in the negotiations between the two parties is examined, as attempts were made by both sides to reach a peaceful, negotiated settlement.
1. New Formulae and Trial Balloons: Negotiating Opportunities in the Early Thirties 1.1. The Deceptive Lull 1.2. Changes in Leadership 1.3. Ben-Gurion’s Talks with Arab Leaders 1.4 Legislative Council Proposals 1.5. Relations Across the Jordan 1.6. The Pan-Arab Dimension 1.7. The Strange Case of the 'Abbas Documents' 1.8. Proposals for a Round-Table Conference 1.9. Parity Proposals 1.10. Cantonisation 1.11. Seeds of the Partition Solution 2. Rebellion in Palestine 2.1. Eruption of Rioting: April 1936 2.2. Negotiations of 'the Five' 2.3. Zionist-Abdallah Relations 2.4. Pan-Arab Mediation 2.5. Intermediaries and Meddlers 2.6. The Samuel-Winterton Mediation 3. Partition 3.1. The Peel Commission 3.2. The Regional Dimension 3.3. Partition Rumoured 3.4. London Coronation Interlude 3.5. Partition Recommended 3.6. Arab Negotiation Manoeuvres: Jerusalem 3.7. The Anti-Partition Common Front: New York and London 3.8. Pan-Arab Solutions: Nuri and Shahbandar 3.9. The Hyamson-Newcombe Proposals (I) 4. The Conferences at St James's Palace 4.1. Retreat from Partition 4.2. Dr Weizmann's Meetings in Egypt 4.3. Lord Samuel and the '40:10' Formula 4.4. The Abdallah Plan 4.5. The Hyamson-Newcombe Proposals (II) 4.6. Informal Arab-Zionist Talks in London 4.7. Preparing the Conference: Positions and Personalities 4.8. The Arab States on the Eve of the Conferences 4.9. 'Moderates' and Mavericks 4.10. The Conferences Begin 4.11. The 'Double Veto' 5. The White Paper and the War, 1939-1945 5.1. Anticipating the White Paper 5.2. The MacDonald White Paper, May 1939 5.3. Grass-Roots Contacts inside Palestine 5.4. Bi-National/Federation Proposals 5.5. After Biltmore 5.6. A Palestine Solution through an Arab Federation? 5.7. Grand Designs: the Philby Scheme 6. Negotiations at the Eleventh Hour 6.1. Anglo-American Cooperation and the Search for a Palestine Solution 6.2. Jewish Agency Contacts in Egypt 6.3. Zionist-Abdallah Negotiations, 1946 6.4. From the London Conference to the United Nations, 1946-47 6.5. The Final Countdown 6.6. November 29th and After 6.7. Golda Meyerson's Meetings with Abdallah 7. Conclusion 7.1. Five Explanations 7.2. Status of Negotiators 7.3. Third-Party Considerations 7.4. The British Role 7.5. Mediators 7.6. Terms of Agreement 7.7. The Dynamics of Deadlock 8. Documents