H. St. John Philby, Ibn Saud and Palestine.
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This work examines the policy of King Ibn Saud toward the establishment of a Jewish entity in Palestine - the Palestine problem. H. St. John Philby was a British author, explorer and convert to Islam who was very close to Ibn Saud. Studying Philbys attempts to get the King to negotiate with the Zionists provides a clear understanding of the original Saudi involvement in the Palestine problem. The approach taken was to first establish the historical context of Ibn Saud 1880-1953 and Philby 1885-1960 and the focus on their involvement with the Palestine problem between 1936-1945. The study starts with the Arab revolt of 1936. It then traces the development of Philbys solution to the problem, its acceptance and advocacy by the Zionists to the British and the American governments, and ends with Ibn Sauds meeting with President F. D. Roosevelt in 1945. Philbys plan to solve the Palestine problem did not reach fruition because the differences between the Arabs and the Jews were irreconcilable, and neither the British nor the Americans really understood the Arab viewpoint. King Ibn Saud was consistently opposed to the establishment of any Jewish State and until 1945 he believed that the Great Powers would not violate the Arab trust. Author
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