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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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‘We Must Go Forward!’

‘We Must Go Forward!’

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(p.301) 10 ‘We Must Go Forward!’
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Moshe Sharett
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Gabriel Sheffer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0011

The military struggle, in which the Yishuv was already deeply involved, evolved on three fronts: with the British military forces that had begun their withdrawal from the territory; with local Palestinian Arab paramilitary groups; and with Arab ‘irregulars’, who were infiltrating Palestine in growing numbers. By March 1947, mainly as a result of the growing numbers and escalating operations of the irregulars, the security situation of the Yishuv had become perilously dangerous. As with the struggle for physical survival, the Yishuv's political and diplomatic battles in the UN for the establishment of the long-awaited Jewish state were being conducted on three fronts: in the Security Council, in which the unending discussions stemmed from the unfounded notion that agreement was still possible between Arabs and Jews; in the Trusteeship Council, which was then locked in debate over Jerusalem; and in the Palestine Commission, which was weighing the establishment of provisional governments by the two communities.

Keywords:   Security Council, paramilitary groups, Yishuv, Jewish state, Trusteeship Council, Palestine Commission

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