Chapter

Palestine between the Regional Blocs

Michael Doran

in Pan-Arabism Before Nasser

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780195123616
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854530 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123616.003.0005

Series: Studies in Middle Eastern History

Palestine between the Regional Blocs

Show Summary Details

Preview

This chapter analyzes Egypt's foreign policy toward the Palestine Question against the background of the conflict between the Turco-Hashimite Entente and the Triangle Alliance. The timing of the proposal by Saudi Arabia and Egypt to create a new security network in the Middle East suggests that other considerations were also at work in the minds of King Faruq, Shaykh Hafiz Wahba, and Abd al-Rahman Azzam Pasha. Specifically, it suggests that Palestine loomed large in their calculations. One question strikes at the heart of the matter: was it simply by chance that the proposal to graft a regional defense organization onto the Arab League coincided with the trip to London of Jordan's prime minister? Many historians have studied the famous conversation between Ernest Bevin and Tawfiq Abu'l-Huda. It was Abd al-Rahman Azzam who explicitly raised the status of Jordan in connection with the Arab-bloc proposal. The only solution to the problem of regional defense, therefore, lay in creating an alliance between the Arab League and Britain.

Keywords: King Faruq; foreign policy; Palestine; conflict; Shaykh Hafiz Wahba; Triangle Alliance; Saudi Arabia; Jordan; Arab League; Britain

Chapter.  18588 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.