A Mountain Was in Travail
2,500 Square Miles for Israel;
42,500 Square Miles for Abdullah
A mountain was in travail. The United Nations, the so-called
peace loving nations, the self-styled free nations of the world, for almost
two years busied themselves with the Palestinian problem. Committees and
commissions, the General Assembly and the Security Council, all labored
heavily. This fall the mammoth organization swam over the ocean from the
metropolis of the New World, New York, to the metropolis of the Old World,
Paris, where it resumed its ponderous deliberations on Palestine.
The mountain was in travail. For twenty months great nations,
world powers, exalted statesmen, shrewd diplomats, presidents of states
made declarations before their nations, before parliaments and congresses,
to the press and on the air, concerning Palestine, its partition, the
granting of statehood to the most ancient nation on earth. If the ticker
tape with all these words were stretched in a straight line, it would
reach the moon. If the pages of the articles and books that were published
on their subject, and the cables and wires that were sent, were placed
side by side, they would extend to the sun.
Then came the time for delivery in this great travail. The
Secretary of State of the mightiest country in the world stepped forward
and mounted the rostrum to address the delegates of fifty-eight nations.
The press of the world and the radio carried his words; and millions,
indeed hundreds of millions of people read them and listened to them in
all parts of the worldin the Western Hemisphere, in the Eastern
Hemisphere, people of the white race, the yellow race, the black race.
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Secretary of State Marshal supports the Bernadotte plan.
This plan is actually the third partition of Palestine. The first partition
was executed when Great Britain, without authorization, severed Transjordanmore
than three-quarters of the landfrom the territory of Palestine mandated
to her by the 51 nations of the League of Nations for the creation of
National Home for the Jews. This area Britain gave to an Arab emir, Abdullah,
with the understanding that the land this side of Jordan should serve
as the National Home.
The second partition took place with the vote of the United
Nations Assembly on Nov. 29, 1947. The 11-nation commission that had been
sent by the United Nations to investigate the Palestinian problem proposed
that the remaining part of Palestine be divided between the Arabs and
the Jews. The Jews were to receive about half, including the entire Negev;
but before this proposal came to a vote in the General Assembly, part
of the Negev was cut off and transferred to the Arab portion of Palestine.
Under pressure of the desperate need of Jewish migrants from Europe, the
Jewish community in Palestine, with the exception of the dissidents, accepted
this sacrifice also.
The third partition is in the making with the late Count
Bernadottes recommendation that the Negev be amputateda recommendation
so generous that it chops off with the Negev a part of the land of Judah.
What, then, remains? What do the nations clamor? About what
do the papers print headlines? It is the hour of delivery for the mountain
that was in travail.
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What remains is 2,500 square miles for the State of Israel.
The State of New York can hold 21 such states as they offer for Israel;
California has room for 63; Texas for 107 states of that size.
The Secretary of States is very generous. The President
of the United States is exceedingly generous. The delegates of the nations
are magnanimous. The freedom-loving nations of the world have an open
Look at your common gift. You gave it with a
feeling of greatness of mind and elevation of soul, these 2,500 square
miles from an original 45,000 or from the more than 10,000 square miles
on this side of the Jordan. To Abdullah42,500 square miles; and
to Israel2,500 square miles. You gave it. The boys and
girls of Israel fought for it, for the Negev and for Jerusalem, too; on
the beaches, on the roads in the hills, on the streets, and bled and died.
You gave them not one single gun to defend themselves.
Bells ring triumphantly in our soul; the sky is filled with
angels rejoicing at our bounty and munificence. We have indemnified the
martyred nation; we made good our bigotry, our negligence, our callousness.