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To Daniel Pipes: The British did not abide by the Partition Plan, and the UN Security Council did not adopt it.

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Submitted by Jake (United States), May 28, 2013 at 12:30

The British refused to implement the Partition Plan "because it was not acceptable to both sides". They hindered the work of the UN committee that had been appointed to oversee implementation, so the UN committee returned home without having achieved anything.

The UN Security Council refused to adopt or implement the General Assembly's Partition Plan. Instead the Security Council Resolution passed Res. 44, requesting the General Assembly "consider further the question of the future government of Palestine".

The UN General Assembly convened for a special session, but did not re-endorse the Partition Plan. Instead it appointed a mediator, who came up with fresh proposals to solve the "Question of Palestine". These proposals (the Bernadotte plans) were heavily slanted towards the Arabs, but ultimately were rejected by both the Jewish and the Arab sides.

The Partition Plan was thus neither implemented, nor adopted. When Israel applied for membership to the UN , the Security Council recommended that the General Assembly admit Israel as a member, on the basis of the fact that "Israel is a peace-loving State and is able and willing to carry out the obligations contained in the Charter". In accordance with this fact, the Israeli ambassador to the UN (Abba Eban) indicated that the sole condition that could placed on Israel for joining the UN was article 4, paragraph 1 of the UN Charter (being a peace-loving state). It did not commit itself to any other conditions, such as implementation of the Paritition Plan or any other resolutions to date. Israel's position was accepted, and Israel was granted admission to the UN.


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