The success of the Zionist strategy vis-à-vis UNSCOP

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The article examines the successful political strategies employed by Zionist diplomacy in the summer of 1947 vis-à-vis UNSCOP (the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine). The committee's recommendation of partition and the creation of a Jewish state on the majority of the territory between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River served as the basis for the UN partition resolution of 29 November 1947.The Zionist leaders made UNSCOP aware of their willingness to accept partition, but conditioned this on enlarging the territory of the future state. In this regard, the climax of their campaign, recounted in the article, was a secret and informal meeting between the senior echelons of the Jewish Agency and most members of UNSCOP on 14 July, an event that has been missed by historical research. The article describes the crucial influence of the Zionist message when UNSCOP came to formulate its conclusions and contributes to a better understanding of the process that led UNSCOP to its final recommendations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-39
Number of pages21
JournalIsrael Affairs
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014

Bibliographical note

Published online: 07 Jan 2014


  • Establishment of Israel
  • Jewish state
  • Partition resolution
  • UN
  • Zionist diplomacy


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