Looking at the history of the Jews in the twentieth century it isn't hard to be sympathetic to them. Looking at the history of the Palestinians, it isn't hard to be sympathetic to them either. But there was another people involved in the creation of the state of Israel in the forties who don't get talked about nearly so much. The British Empire always regarded the Suez canal as of key strategic importance. With the collapse of the empire, what would that mean for their policy to Palestine?
Norman Rose examines that question in this lecture and finds that their motives were far from clear even to themselves.
Norman Rose Chair of International Relations at the Hebrew University,
Jerusalem is the author of A Senseless Squalid War': Voices from Palestine 1945-1948.