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Faisal Weizmann Agreement

The agreement, which remained secret for several years, quickly became inoperative, with neither signatory able to “deliver the goods” to the other. The authenticity of the agreement was questioned by some Arabs in the 1930s, when Zionist leaders tried to gain propaganda advantages by publishing the text. Recent historical studies have shown that the document is sufficiently authentic; Thus, only Faisal`s motives are the subject of some debate. We noted that “for many observers at that time, the conclusion of the Feisal-Weizmann agreement promised well for the future cooperation of Arabs and Jews in Palestine”[56] and referred to the 1937 report of the Palestinian Royal Commission, which stated that “since 1919, no Arab leader has said that cooperation with jews is possible at all.” Although British and Zionist representatives expressed their hope. [57] UNSCOP did not consider the agreement to be valid[58] although Weizmann claims that the treaty should be considered valid, while accepting that Faisal had the right to annul it after the loss of Syria to the French. In the agreement, Fayçal recognized the content of the Balfour declaration and accepted a Jewish presence in the Holy Land as long as Arab independence was granted in the Middle East, once controlled by the Ottoman. However, the Fayçal-Weizmann agreement never came about because the League of Nations created mandates in the Middle East on the basis of the British and French Sykes-Picot agreement. In April 1920, the San Remo Conference gave France the mandate for Syria, which led to the Franco-Syrian war. At the Battle of Maysalun on 24 July 1920, the French prevailed and Faisal was expelled from Syria, after which he claimed that the conditions he had attached were not met and that the agreement was therefore shaken. Contemporaries, including Gertrude Bell and T. E. Lawrence, betrayed the French with the support of the United Kingdom, Fayçal and the Arab cause, and invalidated the contract. [54] The two first met in Akaba in the spring of 1918, at the behest of the British.

The meeting took place amid growing discontent between Zionists and Arab nationalists about the future of Palestine after world War I and the national aspirations of both sides. After a second meeting in London in December 1918, they reached an agreement in which they declared that they were aware of racial kinship and the ancient ties between Arabs and the Jewish people, and recognized that the safest way to achieve their national aspirations was the closest cooperation in the development of the Arab state and Palestine.

April 9, 2021 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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