From Mandate to Mineshaft: The Long Rocky Road to the Modern State of Israel (5 Regent J. Int'l L. 123)

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Location, Location, Location! It is incredible that a tiny strip of real estate smaller than the state of New Jersey, made up largely of unforgiving wilderness, and with few natural resources, should hold such power over the souls of men down through the ages, that they have spilled their life’s blood willingly in their drive to possess it! Yet, Israel’s history confirms this phenomenon, as even today, peoples of diverse cultures wrestle over her, fighting what they believe to be a holy war for possession of what they believe to be a Holy Land. Ironically, the fact that the land is indeed hallowed appears to be the only point on which all those conflicting forces have agreed. The purpose of this article is (1) to examine an especially pivotal time in history, specifically, the timeframe between the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the birth of the modern state of Israel in 1948; (2) to evaluate the legal authority of selected actions taken by the British and the United Nations during that period; and (3) to examine the lasting impact of those actions from a global perspective. This article does not attempt to recount a detailed historical timeline of Israel’s history. Rather, it provides a highlighted version of that history, designed to lay the framework for examining the impact of selected actions by Britain and the United Nations concerning Israel’s re-establishment in the land. Israel, the proverbial canary in the mineshaft....

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