The Middle East Online Series 1: Arab-Israeli Relations, 1917-1970

External Editor: Dr Eugene Rogan, Middle East Centre, St Antony's College, Oxford

Arab-Israeli Relations 1917-1970 offers the widest range of original source material from the Foreign Office, Colonial Office, War Office and Cabinet Papers from the 1917 Balfour Declaration through to the Black September war of 1970-1. Here major policy statements are set out in their fullest context, the minor documents and marginalia revealing the workings of colonial administration and, following the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, British diplomacy towards Israel and the Arab states. Additional value has been added to this archive by the expansion from the original 562 TNA records to over 17,000, thus substantially improving access to over 137,000 pages documenting the politics, administration, wars and diplomacy of the Palestine Mandate, the Independence of Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Topics covered include:
  • Background to the establishment of the State of Israel as a Jewish national home
  • Black September
  • Border wars of the 1950's
  • British capture of Jerusalem
  • Cold War in the Middle East
  • Formation of the United Arab Republic
  • Jewish terror groups
  • Milestones in the Palestine-Zionist tension and their impact on British policy leading to the Partition of 1948