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The League of Nations carving out nations
Britain came to control territory which secured contiguity
between its Mesopotamian and Palestinian mandates, and
an uninterrupted overland route all the way from the borders
of Iran to the Mediterranean.
British alliance with Abdul-Aziz Ibn Saud, the Wahhabi Emir,
became the founder of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
British Foreign Office, in close touch with the World Zionist Organization,
had by 1917 formally committed itself to the establishment
of a Jewish National Home in Palestine.
British created another Arab kingdom
which became the kingdom of Iraq.
The British wartime commitment to facilitate
the establishment of a Jewish National Home
in the Palestine west of the Jordan was formalized
in 1920 and included as a mandate for Palestine,
as registered in the League of Nations.
The British at the time knew what they wanted,
and they got it: control over the oilfields of Iraq;
unimpeded access from there to the Mediterranean;
control of the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf.
Lebanon’s birth 1 September 1920
During the war years, the Allies had cheated the Arabs.
The British had promised them national independence
on their historical homelannds,
but they had failed to honour their promises.
Instead, they had partitioned this Arab territory with the French,
and committed themselves to hand over a particularly precious part of it,
namely Palestine, to the Jews.
The British had deliberately attempted to recreate
the Biblical Land of Israel, ‘from Dan to Beersheba’,
where the Jews were to have their national homeland.
The immigrant Jews actually called the country Eretz Israel,
and looked forward to the day when it would be transformed
into a Jewish state.