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A modest proposal to resolve the Israel-Palestine impasse In 1947, the United Nations called for the partition of the British Mandate of Palestine into “Independent Arab and Jewish States and the Special International Regime for the City of Jerusalem.” Resolution 181 divided the Mandate into predominantly Arab areas and predominantly Jewish areas. The Jews accepted the partition resolution, but the Arabs did not. When the Jews proclaimed the State of Israel after the British withdrew in 1948, the neighbouring Arab states invaded and were defeated. In the process, Israel redrew and enlarged its borders beyond what had been designated by the UN. At the same time, Egypt and Jordan occupied the adjacent, “predominantly Arab areas”; they did not, however, create an independent Arab state.

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