The Question of Palestine 1914-1918: British-Jewish-Arab Relations - Isaiah FriedmanLondon: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1973, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
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From the cover: “In this study of international relations in the Middle East during the First World War Dr Friedman makes use of important new material which has enabled him to offer a reassessment of many aspects relating to the question of Palestine.
Dr Friedman is primarily concerned with the motivations of British policy towards the Zionist movement. He challenges the view current among many British historians, that the Balfour Declaration was the result of miscalculation, a product of sentiment rather than of considered interests of state, and shows that one of the most important motives in British support of the Zionists was to counter the possibility of a Turco-German protectorate of a Jewish Palestine emerging in the aftermath of war. He also directs new light on the Sykes-Picot Agreement and examines the intricate question of whether or not Palestine was a ‘twice promised land’, an issue which was controversial for over half a century and still has a political bearing today.
Dr Friedman’s sources include newly available records at the Public Record Office in London, Foreign Office files and War Cabinet papers. He has also drawn extensively on the unpublished private papers of British officers, and on Zionist archival material.”