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I 24 INTERNATIONAL TRUSTEESHIP BRITISH MANDATE IN PALESTINE The conflicting promises to Arab and Jew tempered British policy in Palestine and local attitudes to the establishment of British control from the beginning. Even before the Mandate came into force on I July 1920 there were signs of disillusionment in both communities in the period of military rule. 2 The Mandatory was bound 'so far as circumstances permit [to] encourage local autonomy' and to preserve freedom of conscience. ' No similar liaison body was considered necessary for the Arabs at first, and they later refused to form one.
The rift did not widen at once. Lloyd George had preliminary talks with Clemenceau in London before the Peace 19 PROBLEMS IN WAR AND PEACE Conference met at Versailles. The discussions were based on the Sykes-Picot agreement. France hoped for concessions on the Rhine, so Clemenceau was prepared to ask the British Prime Minister what modifications he wanted in the terms. 'He replied "Mosul". I said "You shall have it. " He replied "Palestine". '18 When the Conference met at Versailles two main problems existed in the Middle East.
20. Ibid. 2, pp. 314-16. 21. Richard D. Robinson, The First Turkish Republir; (Harvard, 1963), pp. 173-4. 22. Hourani, op. cit. pp. 206-13. 23. Lord Milner's memorandum of 8 March 1919 quoted in R. , 1966) p. 300. 24. Hourani, op. cit. p. 176. 25. O. Foundation volume on Palestine give details of the running of the mandated territories. 26. Monroe, p. 141. I. 3 British Interests in the Middle East ALTHOUGH Britain had interests throughout the Middle East, she did not directly make a colonial settlement in any part of it.
Britain and France in the Middle East and North Africa, 1914–1967 by Ann Williams