British held the mandate for Palestine when World War 2 ended, however, the British were caught in an impossible situation forcing them to withdraw from Palestine in 1948 and hand the problem over to the UN. The UN came up with a resolution called the partition resolution that was to separate Great Britain’s former Palestinian mandate into Jewish and Arab states. However, the Palestinian Arabs opposed this arrangement claiming that it favoured the Jewish and it was unfair to the Arab population. Accordingly, the UN formed a Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP) which concluded that the Jewish and Arab claims were equally valid and so the only solution to the conflict was to separate the two communities. Therefore, this commission drew up the Partition Plan. But this was not well received by both Jews and Arabs and so they both started to arm themselves.Moreover, the Palestinians strongly opposed this partition idea claiming that it was biased and it also failed to consider their legitimate rights (Milton-Edwards and Hinchcliffe 11). In addition, Arabs opposed the partition as they expected to have full control over the Palestine where the Jews would be their subordinate (Worth 11). The Arab-Israeli Conflict.
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