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Moshe SharettBiography of a Political Moderate$
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Gabriel Sheffer

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198279945

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.001.0001

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Light at the End of the Tunnel

Light at the End of the Tunnel

(p.271) 9 Light at the End of the Tunnel
Moshe Sharett

Gabriel Sheffer

Oxford University Press

The deterioration of security in Palestine and the escalation towards the fully-fledged war, which followed the UN partition resolution, prompted the Agency Executive to demand the implementation of UN resolution 181 concerning partition. This also meant that Shertok, who would remain in the USA until May 1948, had no time to recover from the political and diplomatic ordeal that had led up to the UN resolution before he was compelled to plunge again into the muddy waters of Palestinian and Middle Eastern politics in the UN. At this stage, Shertok was particularly concerned about the designs and future moves of the United Nations Palestine Commission which was appointed in December 1947 to assist the British government, but also to monitor its actual behaviour during the transition period. He realized that its composition — six of the smaller UN member states, which had appointed junior diplomats to represent them — would weaken its ability to function effectively. His apprehensions were well founded, for the Jews, as well as the UN Palestine Commission, would be trapped between the General Assembly's partition resolution and Britain's non-co-operative policy towards its implementation.

Keywords:   Shertok, Palestine, UN resolution 181, United Nations Palestine Commission, General Assembly

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