FAISAL–WEIZMANN AGREEMENTS Signed in London, 3 January , between Amir Faisal I ibn Hussein (“representing and acting on behalf of the Arab. Signed on January 3rd, , the Faisal-Weizmann Agreement was an agreement between Jews and Arabs who both wished to set up their. The Faisal–Weizmann Agreement was signed on 3 January , by Emir Faisal (son of the King of Hejaz), who was for a short time King of the Arab Kingdom.

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Together with a letter written by T. Lawrence in Faisal’s name to Felix Frankfurter in Marchit was one of two documents used by the Zionist delegation faiisal the Peace Conference gareement argue that the Zionist plans for Palestine had prior approval of Arabs. The agreement was presented to Faisal in his room at the Carlton Hotel on 3 January in English, which Faisal could not read, and its contents were explained to Faisal fxisal T.

Lawrence as the sole translator. Weizmanm Gelber described the document as “of propaganda value only”, since it quickly became clear that Faisal’s conditions would not be met. Of these, the Sykes-Picot Agreement had been made public by the Bolsheviks and the Declaration to the Seven as well as the Anglo-French Declaration were also public documents.

Henry McMahon had exchanged letters with Faisal’s father Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca inin which he had promised Hussein control of Arab lands with the exception of “portions of Syria ” lying to the west of “the districts of DamascusHomsHama and Aleppo “.

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Palestine lies to the southwest of these areas and wasn’t explicitly mentioned. That modern-day Lebanese region of the Mediterranean coast was set aside as part of a future French Mandate. After the war the extent of the coastal exclusion was hotly disputed.

Hussein had protested that the Arabs of Beirut would greatly oppose isolation from the Weizmsnn state or states, but did not bring up the matter of Jerusalem or Palestine.

Between —20, the British government interpreted these commitments as including Palestine in the Arab area. However, in the Churchill White Paper they argued instead that Palestine had agreemenh excluded. Following the publication of the Balfour Declaration the British had dispatched Commander David George Hogarth to see Hussein in January bearing the message that the afreement and economic freedom” of the Palestinian population was faisla in question.

Smith has argued that both Friedman and Kedourie misrepresent documents and violate scholarly standards in order to reach their conclusions.

Continuing Arab disquiet over Allied intentions also led during to the British Declaration to the Seven and the Anglo-French Declaration agreemet, the latter promising “the complete and final liberation of the peoples who have for so long been oppressed by the Turks, and the setting up of national governments and administrations deriving their authority from the free exercise of the initiative and choice of the indigenous populations.

As leader of an impromptu “Zionist Commission”, Weizmann traveled to southern Transjordan for the meeting. Weizmann had assured Faisal that “the Jews did not propose to set up a government of their own but wished to work under British protection, to colonize and develop Palestine without encroaching on any legitimate interests”. Weizmann’s intended purpose was to forge an agreement between Faisal and the Zionist movement to support an Arab Kingdom and Jewish settlement in Palestine, respectively.

The wishes of the Palestinian Arabs were to be ignored, and, indeed, both men seem to have held the Palestinian Arabs in considerable disdain. After concerns were expressed by Cecil regarding draft proposals put forward by the Advisory Committee on Palestine chaired by Herbert SamuelBalfour suggested to Weizmann that “it would be very helpful indeed if the Zionists and Feisal could act unitedly and reach an agreement on certain points of possible conflict’.

Weizmann and Faisal met again on 11 Decemberwhile both were in London preparing their statements for the upcoming peace conference in Paris. Two weeks prior to signing the agreement, on 12 DecemberFaisal was quoted in The Timesin a piece which Ali Allawi writes was “no doubt instigated by Lawrence and the Foreign Office”: The two main branches of the Semitic family, Arabs and Jews, understand one another, and I hope that as a result of interchange of ideas at the Peace Conference, which will be guided by ideals of self-determination and nationality, each nation will make definite progress towards the realization of its aspirations.

Arabs are not jealous of Zionist Jews, and intend to give them fair play and the Zionist Jews have assured the Nationalist Arabs of their intention to see that they too have fair play in their respective areas. Turkish intrigue in Palestine has raised jealousy between the Jewish colonists and the local peasants, but the mutual understanding of the aims of Arabs and Jews will at once clear away the last trace of this former bitterness, which, indeed, had already practically disappeared before the war by the work of the Arab Secret Revolutionary Committee, which in Syria and elsewhere laid the foundation of the Arab military successes of the past two years.

Two days prior to the agreement, on 1 JanuaryFaisal’s delegation submitted a statement to the Peace Conferenceand a further memorandum was submitted on 29 January. The latter memorandum described boundaries of any new states as “matters for arrangement between us, after the wishes of their respective inhabitants have been ascertained” in a reference to US President Woodrow Wilson ‘s policy of self determination. They signed the written agreement, which bears their names, on 3 January Faisal was not explicitly authorised by his father to enter into such an agreement, with his instructions from his father limited to the requirement that he accept only fulfilment of the previous British promises for Arab independence; [e] the caveat was added as a result.


Faisal–Weizmann Agreement

Agreement Between Emir Feisal and Dr. Chaim Weizmann, representing and acting on behalf of the Zionist Organization, mindful of the racial kinship and ancient bonds existing between the Arabs and the Jewish people, and realizing that the surest means of working out the consummation of their natural aspirations is through the closest possible collaboration in the development of the Arab State and Palestine, and being desirous further of confirming the good understanding which exists between them, have agreed upon the following:.

Given under our hand at London, England, the third day of January, one thousand nine hundred and nineteen. Chaim Weizmann Feisal Ibn-Hussein [h]. Weizmann signed the agreement on behalf of the Zionist Organization, while Faisal signed on behalf of the short-lived Arab Kingdom of Hedjaz.

Faisal conditioned his acceptance on the fulfillment of British wartime promises to the Arabs, who had hoped for independence in a vast part of the Ottoman Empire.

He appended to the typed document a hand-written statement:. But if the slightest modification or departure were to be made [regarding our demands], I shall not be then bound by xgreement single word of the present Agreement which shall be deemed void and of no account or validity, and I shall not be answerable in any way whatsoever.

The 4 January document referred to in the caveat is not known to historians or the date is a mistake. Faisal submitted his written proposals to the Conference on 27 January. A weizmqnn memorandum that Lawrence had brought at Faisal’s request weozmann Stephen Bonsal of the American delegation shortly after the Zionists had made their initial presentation, [34] according to Bonsal’s memoirs, stated very different views from the agreement with Weizmann:. If the views of the radical Zionists, as presented to the Peace Conference, should prevail, the result will be a ferment, chronic unrest, and sooner or later civil war in Palestine.

But I hope I will not be misunderstood. I assert that we Arabs have none of the racial or religious animosity against the Jews which unfortunately prevail in many other regions of the world.

I assert that with the Jews who have been seated for some generations in Palestine our relations are excellent. But the new arrivals exhibit very different qualities from those “old settlers” as we call them, with whom we have been able to live and even co-operate on friendly terms.

For want of a better word I must say that agfeement colonists almost without exception have come in an imperialistic spirit.

They say that too long we have been in control of their homeland taken from them by brute force in the dark fajsal, but that now under the new world order we must clear out; and if we are wise we should do so peaceably without making any resistance to what is the fiat of the civilised world.

Faisal made his appearance before the Supreme Council on 6 February and, in a further sign that his Zionist sympathy might be wavering, suggested that “Palestine, in consequence of its universal character, be left on one side for the mutual consideration of all parties concerned”.

The Zionists written submission was made on 3 February with their appearance before the Supreme Council on 27 February. This feeling of respect for other religions dictates my opinion about Palestine, our neighbor. That the unhappy Jews come to reside there and behave as good citizens of this country, our humanity rejoices given that they are placed under a Muslim or Christian government mandated by The League of Nations.

If they want to constitute a state and claim sovereign rights in this region, I forsee very serious dangers. It is to be feared that there will be a conflict between them and the other races. Although Allawi states that Faisal had been misquoted he says that the Le Matin interview resulted in difficulties with the Zionists leading to a meeting between Faisal and Frankfurter followed by Lawrence drafting of a letter [39] to Felix Frankfurter, President of the Zionist Organization of Americaon 3 Marchsigned by Faisal:.

Our deputation here in Paris is fully acquainted with the proposals [j] submitted yesterday by the Zionist Organization to the Peace Conference, and we regard them as moderate and proper. Frankfurter replied on 5 March “. These aims are now before the Peace Conference as definite proposals by the Zionist Organisation. We are happy indeed that you consider these proposals ‘moderate and proper,’ and that we have in you a staunch supporter for their realisation.

When the letter was tabled at the Shaw Commission inRustam Haidar spoke to Faisal in Baghdad and cabled that Faisal had “no recollection that he wrote anything of the sort”. I believe this letter is part of the false claims made by Chaim Weizmann and Lawrence to lead astray public opinion.

He then may or may not have been induced to sign it”, since it ran counter to Faisal’s other public and private statements at the time. Mack notes that Frankfurter reprinted the letter in the October issue of the Atlantic Monthly, vouched for its authenticity, commenting “Prince Feisal’s letter was a document prepared under the most responsible conditions” and that although Faisal objected to interpretations that understood his letter to mean consent to Zionist policy, he did not disavow its authorship.

In Mayelections were held for the Syrian National Congress. On 2 July the Congress in a memorandum presented to the King-Crane Commission completely opposed any migration to Palestine and the latter not to be separated from Syria.


Smith, the Syrian National Congress had forced Faisal to back away from his tentative support of Zionist goals. In the Battle of Weimann on 24 Julythe French agreeent victorious and Faisal was expelled from Syria after which he contended that the conditions he appended were not fulfilled and the agreement therefore moot. According to contemporaries, including Gertrude Bell and T. Lawrence, the French, with British support, betrayed Faisal and the Arab cause rendering the treaty invalid.

John Philbya British representative agrement Palestine, later stated ayreement Hussein bin Alithe Sharif of Mecca and King of Hejaz, on whose behalf Faisal was acting, had refused to recognize the agreement as soon as it was brought to his notice. The agreement was first ffaisal to the public in Faisal-weizmann agreement is described in one stanza of Bang-e-dara by Allama Iqbal. Starting on the North at a point on the Mediterranean Sea in the vicinity South of Sidon and following the watersheds of the foothills of the Lebanon as far as Jisr el Karaon, thence to El Bire following the raisal line between the two basins of the Wadi El Korn and the Wadi Et Teim thence in a southerly direction following the dividing line between the Eastern and Western slopes of the Hermonto the vicinity West of Beit Jenn, thence Eastward following the weozmann watersheds of the Nahr Mughaniye close to and west of the Hedjaz Railway.

In the South a frontier to be agreed upon with the Egyptian Government.

Faisal-Weizmann Agreement Between Arabs and Jews About Palestine| 3 Jan1919

In the West the Mediterranean Sea. The details of the delimitations, or any necessary adjustments of detail, shall be settled by a Weizmaann Commission on which there shall be Jewish representation. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Israel portal Palestine portal International relations portal. Final borders Israeli settlements Jewish state. Arab League Egypt Jordan. Isratin Elon Peace Plan.

How could agreenent sign a document that was written by a foreigner in favour of another foreigner in English in a language of which he knew nothing?

But Agreeent warrant you that your surprise will disappear when I tell you that I did not sign the agreement before I stipulated in writing that my agreement to sign it was conditional on the acceptance by the British government of a previous note that I had presented to the Foreign Office… [This note] contained the demand for the independence of the Arab lands in Asia, starting from a line that begins in the north weizmqnn Alexandretta-Diyarbakir and reaching the Indian Ocean in the south.

Speaking agrewment the House of Lords on 27 Marchhe made it clear that he entertained serious doubts as to the validity of the British government’s interpretation of the pledges which he, as foreign secretary, had caused to be given to Hussein in He called for all of the secret engagements regarding Palestine to be made public.

Among them were the minutes of a Cabinet Eastern Committee meeting, chaired by Lord Curzon ,which was held on 5 December Balfour was in attendance. The minutes revealed that in laying out the government’s position Curzon had explained that: The proposals which his friends in Whitehall were pressing him to endorse were not only extraneous to the terms of his mission, which amounted to a few lines agreementt summary instructions issued by his father, but also in conflict with the general and somewhat inflamed feeling wwizmann the northern Arab countries.

He tried to obtain specific directions from King Husain, but all he could elicit from his autocratic and single-minded father was an order to accept nothing less than the fulfilment of the pledges made by Great Britain with regard to Arab independence. The order gave him no latitude agreemnt Article II Immediately following the completion of the deliberations of the Peace Conference, the definite boundaries between the Arab State and Palestine shall be determined by a Commission to be agreed upon by the parties hereto.

Article IV All necessary measures shall be taken to encourage and stimulate immigration of Jews into Palestine on a large scale, and as quickly as possible to settle Jewish immigrants upon the land through closer settlement and intensive cultivation of the soil. In taking such measures the Arab peasant and tenant farmers shall be protected in their rights weizmahn shall be fzisal in forwarding their economic development.

Article V No regulation or law shall be made prohibiting or interfering in any way with the fxisal exercise of religion; and further, the free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference, shall forever be allowed. No religious test shall ever be required for the exercise of civil or political rights.

Article VII The Zionist Organization proposes to send to Palestine a Commission of experts to make a survey of the economic possibilities of the country, and to report upon the best means for its development. The Zionist Organization will place the aforementioned Commission at the disposal of the Arab State for the purpose of a faaisal of the economic possibilities of the Arab State and to report upon the best means for its development.

The Zionist Organization will use its best efforts to assist the Arab State in providing the means for developing the natural agrdement and economic possibilities thereof.