"We Arabs, especially the educated among us look with the deepest sympathy on the Zionist movement" Prince Faisal continued, "We are working together for a reformed and revived Near East, and our two movements complete one another. The Jewish movement is national and not imperialist. Our movement is national and not imperialist, and there is room in
Syriafor us both. Indeed I think that neither can be a real success without the other. People less informed and less responsible than our leaders and yours, ignoring the need for co-operation of the Arabs and Zionists have been trying to exploit the local difficulties that must necessarily arise in Palestine in the early stages of our movements. Some of them have, I am afraid, misrepresented your aims to the Arab peasantry, and our aims to the Jewish peasantry, with the result that interested parties have been able to make capital out of what they call our differences."
|Letter to Felix Frankfurter written by T. E. Lawrence in the name |
of Prince Faisal, March 1919
|Emir Faisal and the Arab Delegation at the Paris Peace Conference 1919|
|Book of the Independence of Syria,|
8 March 1920, showing the declared
borders of Faisal's Arab Kingdom
of Syria, including Palestine.
|Signature page of the agreement,|
showing Faisal's caveat in Arabic.
Faisal could not read English.
"If the Arabs are established as I have asked in my manifesto of 4 January, addressed to the British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, I will carry out what is written in this agreement. If changes are made, I cannot be answerable for failing to carry out this agreement."As to the failure of the agreement please refer to the exchange of letters between the Sharif of Mecca, Husayn bin Ali, and Sir Henry McMahon, British High Commissioner in Egypt, from the 14 July 1915 to 30 January 1916 during World War I known as the McMahon–Hussein Correspondence. This was an exchange of letters letters in which the Arabs declared that they would revolt in alliance with the United Kingdom, and in return the UK would recognize Arab independence, concerning the political status of lands under the Ottoman Empire.
As it is said "IF" is a big word and how many lives could have been saved.
It will take brave and courageous men and women who are driven to work together to bring about a miracle of peace for one and all.