Start with the Palestine Mandate

… if you want to understand Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Almost every complicated and intricate position can be traced back to what happened in the First World War and its aftermath. Facts that are being created on the ground now are continuation of strategies and ambitions that were forged in the early days of British conquest and administration in Palestine and Transjordan (and French conquest and administration of neighboring Syria and Lebanon).

The League of Nations, created by the victorious allied powers after World War I, and the United Nations, its successor organization created after World War II, took decisions that are now despised, reviled, misunderstood, cast aside as “ancient history” — yet which form the basis of what Palestinians call “international legitimacy”.

This blog will attempt to understand what is happening in the light of what did happen — and to report on the Middle East peace process.