Quote [57] – Palestine, Israel & Aspirations From The Past

“But we must never forget what this crisis has taught us – – namely, that the establishment of satisfactory relations between the Jews and the Arabs is not England’s affair but ours.  We – – that is to say, the Arabs and ourselves – – have got to agree on the main outlines of an advantageous partnership which shall satisfy the needs of both nations.  A just solution of this problem and one worthy of both nations is an end no less important and no less worthy of our efforts than the promotion of the work of construction itself.  Remember that Switzerland represents a higher stage of political development than any national state, precisely because of the greater political problems which had to be solved before stable community could be built up out of groups of different nationality” The world as I see it
“The difficulties we have been through have also brought some good in their train. They have shown us once more how strong the bond is which unites the Jews of all countries in a common destiny.  The crisis has also purified our attitude to the question of Palestine, purged it of the dross of nationalism.  It has been clearly proclaimed that we are not seeking to create a political society, but that our aim is, in accordance with the old tradition of Jewry, a cultural one in the widest sense of the word.  That being so, it is for us to solve the problem of living side by side with our brother the Arab in an open, generous and worthy manner.  We have here an opportunity of showing what we have learnt in the thousands of years of our martyrdom.  If we choose the right path we shall succeed and give the rest of the world a fine example.” The world as I see it
“Certain proceedings and pronouncements of the English administration have been justly criticised. We must not, however, leave it at that but learn by experience.  We need to pay great attention to our relations with the Arabs.  By cultivating these carefully we shall be able tin future to prevent things from becoming so dangerously strained that people can take advantage of them to provoke acts of hostility.  This goal is perfectly within our reach because our work of construction has been, and must continue to be, carried out is such a manner as to serve the real interests of the Arab population also.” The world as I see it
Among Zionist organisations ‘working Palestine’ is the one whose work is of most direct benefit to the most valuable class of people living there – – namely, those who are transforming deserts into flourishing settlements by the labour of their hands.  These workers are a selection, made on a voluntary basis, from the whole Jewish nation, an Elite composed of strong, confident, and unselfish people.  They are not ignorant stein labourers who sell the labour of their hands to the highest bidder, but educated, intellectually vigorous, free men, from whose peaceful struggle with a neglected soil the whole Jewish nation are the gainers, directly and indirectly.  By lightening their heavy lot as far as we can we shall be saving the most valuable sort of human life; for the first settlers’ struggle on ground not yet made habitable is a difficult and dangerous business involving a heavy personal sacrifice.  How true this is, only they can judge who have seen it with their own eyes.  Anyone who helps improve the equipment of these men is helping on the good work as a crucial point.

It is, moreover, this working class alone that has it in its power to establish healthy relations with the Arabs, which is the most important task of Zionism.  Administrations come and go; but it is human relations that finally turn the scale in the lives of nations.  Therefore to support ‘Working Palestine’ is at the same time to promote a humane and worthy policy in Palestine, and to oppose an effective resistance to those undercurrents of narrow nationalism from which the whole political world, and in a less degree the small political world of Palestine affairs, is suffering.”

The world as I see it
“Your letter has given me great pleasure.  It shows me that there is good will available on your side too for solving the present difficulties in a manner worthy of both our nations.  I believe that these difficulties are more psychological than real, and that they can be got over if both sides bring honesty and good will to the task.

What makes the present position so bad is the fact that Jews and Arabs confront each other as opponent before the mandatory power.  This state of affairs is unworthy of both nations and can only be altered by our finding a via media on which both sides agree.”

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