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British Mandatory Palestine
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
The British had some difficulty fulfilling all the promises made to their wartime Allies.

ALTHOUGH the Ottoman Empire sided with Germany in the Great War, some Arab royalty in Ottoman-controlled Syria backed the Allies, and Colonel T.E. Lawrence promised them self-government should Britain win the war.

However, in 1917 details were leaked of the secret Sykes-Picot agreement, which proposed carving Ottoman Syria up between Britain and France.

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Lawrence of Arabia
Music: Maurice Jarre
TE Lawrence persuaded Arab rebels to help overthrow the Ottoman Empire, but could not give them the independent Kingdom they craved.

DURING the Great War, the British sent Thomas Edward Lawrence, a Welsh army intelligence officer and expert on the Middle East, to work alongside Arab leaders smarting at Turkish domination.

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The Suez Crisis
Music: John Field
An Egypt independent of British rule humiliated her old colonial mistress, but began to slide into despotism.

IN 1956, Britain and America withdrew an offer to fund the building of the Aswan Dam on the River Nile, as a warning to Egypt over the country’s drift towards communist Russia and China. Egypt’s President, Gamal Abdel Nasser, announced in response that he would nationalise the Suez Canal, hitherto an international partnership.

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The Balfour Declaration of 1917
Music: Ignaz Moscheles
The former Prime Minister threw his weight behind a national home for Jewish people in their historic lands.

AFTER the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in the First World War, the region known then as Syria came under British control through the ‘Mandate for Palestine’.

The Mandate drew on the so-called ‘Balfour Declaration’ of 1917, a letter, dated 2nd November, from government minister Arthur Balfour to Walter Rothschild, a leading London banker and former MP for Aylesbury.

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The Six-Day War
Music: Ignaz Moscheles
The USSR tried to draw Israel into the Cold War with the West, but Israel proved it could take care of itself.

IN May 1967, Egypt’s President Gamal Abdel Nasser began massing troops on the Israeli border, apparently acting on misinformation from the USSR. He also expelled a UN peacekeeping force from the Sinai Peninsula, and closed the Straits of Tiran, denying access to the Red Sea.

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The Arab-Israeli War
The newly-minted state of Israel’s Arab neighbours tried to prevent it taking shape, but ended up defining it.

WHEN the British Mandate for Palestine, a temporary arrangement created by the San Remo Conference of 1920, expired at midnight on May 13th, 1948, the United Nations honoured Britain’s long-standing commitment and recognised a sovereign State of Israel, plainly reflecting British political values, in a thin strip of land between the Jordan and the sea.

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The Yom Kippur War
Music: Ignaz Moscheles
An unexpected act of war on a Jewish holy-day failed to hurt Israel, but marked a shift in British and American policy.

ISRAEL’S offer to discuss returning the Sinai Peninsula and the Golan Heights, captured from Egypt and Syria during the Six-Day War in 1967, was roundly rejected by Egypt, Syria and six other Arab states. They wanted no peace, they declared, no recognition of Israel as a state, and no negotiation.

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Tagged History of Modern Israel (7 posts)
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1 British Mandatory Palestine
The British had some difficulty fulfilling all the promises made to their wartime Allies.
2 Lawrence of Arabia
TE Lawrence persuaded Arab rebels to help overthrow the Ottoman Empire, but could not give them the independent Kingdom they craved.
3 The Yom Kippur War
An unexpected act of war on a Jewish holy-day failed to hurt Israel, but marked a shift in British and American policy.
4 The Arab-Israeli War of 1948
The newly-minted state of Israel’s Arab neighbours tried to prevent it taking shape, but ended up defining it.
5 The Suez Crisis
An Egypt independent of British rule humiliated her old colonial mistress, but began to slide into despotism.
6 The Six-Day War
The USSR tried to draw Israel into the Cold War with the West, but Israel proved it could take care of itself.
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7 The Balfour Declaration of 1917
The former Prime Minister threw his weight behind a national home for Jewish people in their historic lands.
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Word Play: Opposites

Suggest words or phrases that are opposite in meaning to the words below.

Find. First. Teach.
JB Cramer was one of the finest pianists of his day, though his reverence for Mozart made his own music more popular in the drawing room than the concert hall.
By Percy Bysshe Shelley
(1792-1822)
Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley says that the pinnacle of political achievement is the government not of others, but of ourselves.
By John Keats
(1795-1821)
Poet John Keats speaks of the beauties of Autumn, her colours, her sounds and her rich harvest.
By Percy Bysshe Shelley
(1792-1822)
Poet Percy Shelley calls on November’s sister months to watch by the graveside of the dead Year.
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Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
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Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Polyword ‘Rapid Transit’
Make as many words as you can with the letters below. All your words must be at least four letters long, and must also include the highlighted letter. What’s the nine-letter word?

SEE how many words you can make using the letters below. All your words must be at least 4 letters long, and must include the letter (change).

We found commonly used words, plus one 9-letter word. Can you do better?

Use each letter only once. But if there are e.g. two As, you can used them both.

Don’t count proper nouns such as April, Zeus, or Newcastle (pretty much anything that has to be spelled with a capital letter at the start), or acronyms like HMRC.

Don’t just add -S for plurals or third person singular verbs, e.g. CAT → CATS or SPEAK → SPEAKS.

Note: You can find more Polywords and other games on our Nine Lives puzzle page, and most of our stories are accompanied by games with words, grammar and numbers.

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Do you know ‘a town like Bath’ (3 letters), and ‘deteriorate’ (6 letters)?
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Do you know ‘well-worn route or habit’ (3 letters), and ‘naval officer’ (7 letters)?
Do you know which ‘Barry’ is the title-character of a novel by Thackeray (6 letters), and ‘thwart, perplex’ (6 letters)?
See if you can guess these words letter-by-letter.
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