Crisis in Palestine: The Temper of the Yishuv
Ve-day was not celebrated in Palestine with the enthusiasm we all expected it would be a few years ago. As in many other countries, the feeling prevailed in Palestine that the end of the war had not brought redemption. Palestine was better off than most of the liberated countries of Europe. It had suffered little from the war. But the bitter knowledge of the fate of European Jews restrained all inclination to loud rejoicing. Besides, people began to wonder what the immediate future might have in store for Palestine itself.
The political tension in Palestine cannot be understood without a glance at the war years. War came to Palestine as the interruption of a political struggle, and strange as it may seem, in the course of the war the political struggle did not change much. The hope that this war would put an end to the period of nationalism and would bring about a new era of cooperation has not materialized. Nationalism is stronger than before, and in Palestine the main problem is the clash of two nationalisms.
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