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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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The Second World War

The Second World War

(p.104) 4 The Second World War
Moshe Sharett

Gabriel Sheffer

Oxford University Press

The growing certainty that the Second World War was imminent affected all actors involved in the Palestine quagmire, and particularly the British. Their fervent desire to ensure the loyalty of Arab leaders in view of the perceived strategic, political, and economic significance of the Arab states, overrode all other considerations concerning the Middle East. Therefore, Weizmann's and Shertok's stubborn efforts, made during late April and early May 1939, to persuade senior British politicians and officials to postpone the government's decision to publish a new White Paper, failed miserably. After his distressing visit to Poland, which he undertook from the traditional belief that ‘our struggle against the principles underlying the restrictive land and settlement policies does not relieve us from our duty to fight over every Jew and every piece of land that we can include in our legalwork’, Shertok tried to obtain the approval of his colleagues in Jerusalem to work towards the amendment of the impending White Paper. To his great chagrin, the frustrated leaders in Jerusalem did not approve of such an attempt.

Keywords:   Shertok, Weizmann, Second World War, Poland, Jerusalem, Arab leaders

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