UK–Israel relations: years since the Balfour Declaration - Opinion - Jerusalem Post
It is an exciting time for friends of Israel in the United Kingdom. The visit of HRH Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, was a landmark. One Labour insider says that because of top aide Seumas Milne, if the party came to power 'Israel would have to assume diplomatic relations were unofficially . In exactly three weeks, one of the black clouds that has darkened Israel-U.K. relations ever since the end of the British Mandate in Palestine is.
InBritain established its authority under the Mandate for Palestine granted by the League of Nationswhich was confirmed in the San Remo agreement of Inthe Peel Commission presented a plan for a Jewish state and an Arab state. The British mandate was relinquished and the establishment of the State of Israel was affirmed by a United Nations General Assembly resolution. The conflict with the insurgents continued until the last British soldier left Palestine; at the end of AprilBritish forces fought a small battle against Zionist militias near Jaffatemporarily preventing a Jewish takeover of the city, while failing to expel the militias from Menashiya.
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Throughout the Arab—Israeli WarAnglo-Israeli relations were decidedly hostile, to the point of bringing the two countries to the edge of war. During the battles in Sinaithe Royal Air Force conducted almost daily reconnaissance missions over Israel and the Sinai. Fearing an imminent attack, Israeli ground troops opened fire on the British Spitfires, and shot down one with a tank-mounted machine gun.
The remaining three Spitfires were subsequently shot down by Israeli planes, and one pilot was killed.
Two of the surviving pilots were taken to Tel Aviv and interrogated, and were later released. The Israelis dragged the wrecks of the British planes into Israeli territory, but failed to conceal the wrecks before British reconnaissance planes photographed them.
In response, the Royal Air Force readied its planes to bomb Israeli airfields, British troops in the Middle East were placed on high alert with all leave cancelled, and British citizens were advised to leave Israel. Convinced the British would not allow the loss of five aircraft and two pilots go without retaliation, the Israelis were determined to repel any retaliatory airstrike, and made preparations to defend their airbases.
However, British commanders defied pressure from the squadrons involved in the incidents, and refused to authorize any strikes.
War between Israel and the United Kingdom was thus avoided. Britain and France resolved to secure the Suez Canal by force.
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Although Israel had its own problems with Egypt and wanted to attack, Britain was hesitant to fight alongside the Israelis, lest the ensuing backlash in the Arab world threaten London's close allies in Baghdad and Amman.
In the end, the government of Anthony Eden reluctantly included Israel in the war plans, due to French pressure and the need for a local ally.
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The raw truth about the UK's special relationship with Israel
As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner. In becoming the first member of the Royal Family to make an official visit to Israel, he has righted a 70 year aberration. And what a visit it was! The photos of the future monarch that went around the world captured everything we know and love about Israel. The photos stood in stark contrast to those associated with the conflict, which will sadly have been more familiar to casual consumers of news.
UK–Israel relations: 100 years since the Balfour Declaration
Viewers were able to see a young and vibrant country with deep historical roots. Symbolically, the trip highlighted that the long-standing cooperation between the UK and Israel is being celebrated in a more public and high-profile way than ever before.
The significance of this cannot be overstated. As Prince William said: