The 1947 UN Partition Plan for Palestine was accepted by the Zionist community leaders. However, the Arabs rejected this plan on the grounds that this decision violates the rights of Palestinian Arabs present in majority in the country; they were supported by the Arab League in their rejection. Calling the UN plan as an “international betrayal”, some Arabs contemplated the partition as unfair, as more land was allotted to the Jews. In Arabs’ view, the sole reason why the Jewish statehood issue originated in the first place was because the British permitted a considerable area to the Zionists without any regard for Palestinians’ will.
With the approach of partition decision, it became evident that there is but little hope for a peaceful solution to this issue which has outrivaled the politics itself; a situation where Palestinian Arabs refused to let settlers take over their land and the insistence of Jews to compromise anything other than this. Arabs remained adamant even when Abba Eban and David Horowitz from the Jewish Agency made one last attempt to work for a compromise in a meeting. The meeting was held in September 1947 with Azzam Pasha, the Arab League Secretary-General, where he gave a blunt statement saying,
“The Arab world is not in a compromising mood. It’s likely, Mr. Horowitz that your plan is rational and logical, but the fate of nations is not decided by rational logic. Nations never concede; they fight. You won’t get anything by peaceful means or compromise. You can, perhaps, get something, but only by the force of your arms. We shall try to defeat you. I am not sure we’ll succeed, but we’ll try. We were able to drive out the Crusaders, but on the other hand we lost Spain and Persia. It may be that we shall lose Palestine. But it’s too late to talk of peaceful solutions.”
The UN Partition Plan which was proposed in 1947 is an often-used tool by Zionists to obscure facts. The myths created were largely to form a legitimate image of Israelis in front of Jews all over; and the Western world. As of 1914, the Jewish population in Palestine was under 8% while the land ownership was under 2%. However, till 1947, this Jewish settlement was increased to 30% of its entire population and the land ownership moved up to 7%. Expressing his opinion on the Palestinian position and the resistance, Dr. Walid Khalidi remarked, “The native people of Palestine, like the native people of every other country in the Arab world, Asia, Africa and Europe, refused to divide the land with a settler community."
Jewish and Arab residents bore arms against each other soon after the announcement of partition. However, by 1948, Jews had taken over most of the land allotted to them by the United Nations Plan by stating reasons such as Arabs having larger forces than the Zionists, but they are less organized and less armed.
In 1949, the Israeli-Arab war was ceased after signing of agreements, however, the country that was once known as Palestine was now occupied by three powers; Israel, Jordan and Egypt, leaving the UN Partition Plan unfulfilled.
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