|"Ben-Gurion claimed...that Britain was purposely working to |
prevent the establishment of a Jewish state, or at any rate
to reduce its territory, and that it secretly encouraged the
Arab states to invade."
He also reveals from information gathered from over 100 previously secret Syrian and British documents obtained by French intelligence in Beirut, the use of what was referred to as 'The Zionist Card': the "... vital instrument used by British agents in securing their country’s influence in the Arab world by playing on the Arabs’ fears of the Zionists’ aspirations for a Jewish state. It was also exploited to deflect the Arab nationalists’ hostility from Britain and justify Britain’s continued influence in the Arab world.
"Constantine Zurieq, a diplomat in the Syrian legation in Washington who later became a leading Arab nationalist intellectual and the first to apply the term “nakba” to the 1948 Arab defeat, quoted in a telegram to Damascus on November 7, 1945, the warnings of an American official in the State Department: “Great Britain wishes to exploit the Arab-Jewish conflict because it is the only way for it to remain in Palestine, to dominate all the Arab countries. The American government strongly desires to find a friendly settlement between the Arabs and the Jews. But it is convinced that the British colonial authorities will do everything to prevent that, as Great Britain wishes for incidents to worsen in Palestine and for disorder, where blood is spilled, to take place.”
Perhaps some things never change and today's Israel-hatred is simply a manifestation of earlier British policy in the Middle East. Ironically, when PM David Cameron stated that, "There is something deep in our Party’s DNA that believes in Israel, the right of Israel to exist, the right of Israel to defend itself..." he might have said that the opposite is also true.