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:

Series: Studies in Middle Eastern History

Palestine between the Regional Blocs

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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

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