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The British Mandate in Palestine

A Centenary Volume, 1920–2020, 1st Edition

Edited by Michael J Cohen


320 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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The British Mandate over Palestine began just 100 years ago, in July 1920, when Sir Herbert Samuel, the first British High Commissioner to Palestine, took his seat at Government House, Jerusalem. The chapters here analyse a wide cross-section of the conflicting issues, social, political and strategical that attended British colonial rule over the country, from 1920 to 1948.  

This anthology contains contributions by several of the most respected Israeli scholars in the field – Arab, Druze and Jewish. It is divided into three sections, covering the differing perspectives of the main ‘actors’ in the ‘Palestine Triangle’: the British, the Arabs and the Zionists. The concluding chapter identifies a pattern of seven counterproductive negotiating behaviours that explain the repeated failure of the parties to agree upon any of the proposals for an Arab-Zionist peace in Mandated Palestine. 

The volume is a modern review of the British Mandate in Palestine from different perspectives, which makes it a valuable addition to the field. It is a key resource for students and scholars interested in international relations, history of the Middle East, Palestine and Israel.

Table of Contents


Sari Nuseibeh

Editor’s Introduction

Michael J Cohen

Part I. British Perspectives 

1. Colonial Intrigue in the Middle East: The Faysal – [Lawrence] - Weizmann Agreement, January 1919

Michael J Cohen

2. The anti-Zionist ‘Jewish Khazar’ Syndrome in the official British Mind

Rory Miller

3. Churchill and Bevin: Thesis and anti-Thesis?

Michael J Cohen

Part II. Arab Perspectives

4. Akram Zu’ayter: The formation of national identity within Palestinian Arab Society

Mustafa Kabha

5. The Palestinian Political Parties: Democracy and the Clan

Rami Zaidan 

6.The Rise and Fall of the Palestinian-Arab Middle Class

Itamar Radai

7. The Druze and Christian Minorities in Palestine during the Mandatory Period

Yusri Khaizran

8. Illusive Bond: The Arabs of Palestine and the Arab World

Avraham Sela  

Part III. Zionist Perspectives

9. Zionism as a blessing for the Arabs: Zionist, Western, and Arab views

Hillel Cohen  

10. Jewish Immigration: The Base of the Palestine Triangle

Aviva Halamish

11. Zionist land acquisition: a core element in establishing Israel

Kenneth W. Stein

12. The Origins of Military Zionism

Colin Shindler

13. Is Zionism Colonialism?

Yoav Gelber 

14. From the Balfour Declaration to the Establishment of the State of Israel

Jehuda Reinharz, Motti Golani Chaim Weizmann 

15. Ben-Gurion’s ‘road-map’ to Independence, May 1948

Tuvia Friling 


16. Arab-Zionist Negotiations during the Mandate: An Unbridgeable Divide?

Neil Caplan, Laura Zittrain Eisenberg

About the Editor

Michael J Cohen is Emeritus Professor of History at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Among his publications are Fighting World War Three from the Middle East: Allied Contingency Plans, 1945-1954; Strategy and Politics in the Middle East: Defending the Northern Tier; and Britain’s Moment in Palestine: Retrospect and Perspectives, 1917-1948.

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HISTORY / Middle East / Israel
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies