I remember now, perhaps (Labhras #83) - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Tosefta
    • 12.06.07 | 21:17 (IDT)

    Hello Labhras, I will check your Benny Morris quote later today, but I think I know what the situation was. There was the recommendation of the Lord Peel Commission in 1937 (following the Arab "revolt" which started in 1936). The recommendation of the BRITISH commission was to create a small Jewish state (about 20%) of Palestine, where majority Jews were living, and a much larger Arab state, and then to EXCHANGE the two populations; Jews in the Arab area should move to the Jewish state and Arabs in the Jewish area to move to the Arab state. This was the BRITISH proposal, and Ben Gurion agreed. This is what he could referred to in 1938. As I mentioned previously, BG was not a transferrist, and Morris was looking for evidence for the 1948 war, but did not find it. Arabs did remain in Israel. One should be careful with such quotes. I wonder if Ben Gurion even used (in Hebrew) the word for transfer or for population exchange. But when the quote is presented out of context, it seems he was ready to expel the Arabs. Not way.

    from the article: In the name of Islam?
    First published 00:00 12.06.07 | Last updated 00:00 12.06.07
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