But for the British - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • RfaelMoshe
    • 02.02.10 | 20:03 (IST)

    But for the British appeasing the Moslems (supposedly, so as not to inflame the Moslems of India)the state of Israel would have been created much ealier,probably by 1937, thus precluding Israel as a place of refuge during Shoah. Many Jews were murdered simply because they could not obtain a visa. In addition, the British kept Jews imprisoned in Cyprus until AFTER the War of Independence, out of fear that the additonal Jews might tip the balance of the war against the Arabs. Only when the British realized that they were about to lose India anyway, THEN they decided to give up the Mandate (one side of the Suez Canal). But for the Holocaust and the British, Israel would now have probably double the population.

    from the article: It's wrong to suggest Israel was direct result of Holocaust
    First published 02:17 02.02.10 | Last updated 08:10 02.02.10
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