Vol. 9 No. 4 , 2002
Narratives of 1948
Did the Palestinian leadership miss an opportunity when it rejected UN Partition Resolution 181, November, 1947. The simple answer to this question is "Yes". Can anyone hold them responsible for this failure? The serious, responsible answer from the Palestinians themselves must be "No."
Decisions are always ruled by the circumstances prevailing at the time they are taken, not a minute after. No one could have predicted at that time the events that would happen later. Political analysts could theorise about the future, but no one could predict it for sure.
At the time of the partition resolution, the Arabs in general, and the Palestinians in particular, felt that the British government had betrayed them. Their promise to create an Arab State as a reward for their part in the rebellion against the Turkish Khalifa at the beginning of the First World War had proved to be a lie. Instead, the British had issued the Balfour Declaration, promising to create a Jewish national homeland
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Table of Contents
  1. Was it a Missed Opportunity? ( )

    By Ziad AbuZayyad Vol. 9 No. 4 2002
  2. Focus
  3. Legitimization or Implementation: On the UN Partition Plan The Paradox of the 1947 UN Partition Plan ( )
    Although the Zionist movement nominally accepted the partition plan, its actions were unconducive to implementing it.
    By Walid Salem Vol. 9 No. 4 2002
  4. Why the UN Partition Plan Wasn't Implemented ( )
    An examination of whether or not the Palestinians and Arabs actually rejected the partition plan.
    By Moshe Ma’oz Vol. 9 No. 4 2002
  5. The Partition of Palestine - An Arab Perspective ( )
    The Jewish 'conquering' of Palestine can be viewed in the Western tradition of the-'crusades and imperialism.
    By Muhsin Yusuf Vol. 9 No. 4 2002
  6. The Myth of the "Few Against the Many" in 1948 ( )
    The newly formed Israeli army was ultimately as large as the invading Arab armies combined and better armed.
    By Yigal Eilam Vol. 9 No. 4 2002
  7. The Road to Partition ( )
    The Palestinians can learn important lessons for the future, from past mistakes.
    By Rami Nasrallah Vol. 9 No. 4 2002
  8. The Two Narratives ( )
    Both sides must make an effort to understand the narrative of the other.
    By Paul Scham Vol. 9 No. 4 2002
  9. Roundtable
  10. Narratives of 1948 ( )
    A roundtable debate organised by the Yakar Center, Panorama and the Truman Institute to discuss the issue of narratives brought Palestinians and Israelis together to compare and contrast the differing narratives surrounding the events of 1948.
    Vol. 9 No. 4 2002
  11. Viewpoint
  12. Topographical and Territorial Considerations in International Relations in the 21st Century ( )
    Investigating territorial and topographical importance to states, given the increasing economic and social ties resulting from globalization.
    By Arnon Sofer Vol. 9 No. 4 2002
  13. The Viability of the Palestinian State and Israel’s Settlement Policy ( )
    Settlements are undermining the feasibility of creating a viable, contiguous Palestinian state.
    By Jad Isaac and Majed Rizik Vol. 9 No. 4 2002
  14. Reflections on the Attributes and Dynamics of the West Bank Frontier Zone ( )
    Examining how the areas of land through which the Green Line stretches have evolved and been affected by the political turmoil of the last 50 years.
    By Moshe Brawer Vol. 9 No. 4 2002
  15. Economics
  16. In Israel They Also Pay a Price ( )
    The ongoing conflict and the economic policies of successive governments have left the Israeli economy struggling to cope.
    By Zvi Schuldiner Vol. 9 No. 4 2002
  17. Culture, Literature and the Arts
  18. Narratives of exile ( )
    How narratives of the Nakba have evolved in the memories of exiled Palestinains
    By Salim Tamari Vol. 9 No. 4 2002
  19. The Gender of Transposed Space ( )
    Lost villages can be kept alive by passing place names down through generations of family members.
    By Susan Slyomovics Vol. 9 No. 4 2002
  20. Documents
  21. UN Resolutions on the Partition Plan ( )
    UN Resolution 181 of 29 November, 1947
    Vol. 9 No. 4 2002
  22. Chronology of Events
  23. July 1, 2002 to October 1, 2002 ( )
    Edited by Najat Hirbawi
    Vol. 9 No. 4 2002