Declassified 1947 CIA Palestine Warning

April 30th, 2012
in econ_news

israel-flagpalestine-flagEconintersect: In the report “The Consequences of the Partition of Palestine” the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) warned against the adverse fallout that would occur if the proposal to separate Palestine into two territories, one primarily Jewish and the other Arab.  The first sentence in the summary is very specific and prophetic:

Armed hostilities between Jews and Arabs will break out if the UN General Assembly accepts the plan to partition Palestine into Jewish and Arab States as recommended by the UN Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP).

Follow up:

The final paragraph of the full report basically described the next 40 plus years of history for the Cold War and the ongoing history that continues to this day:

The UN, having recommended partition, would have to consider the serious threat to the peace resulting from the recommendation.  It would, in effect, be compelled to take steps to enforce partition, with the major powers acting as the instruments of enforcement.  The dangerous potentialities of such a development to US – Arab and US – USSR relations need no emphasis.

The following is the rest of the summary:



Read the entire 17 page document here.

John Lounsbury

Hat tip to Roger Erickson.

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