As the inevitable war with Germany was approaching, the British politicians concluded that they needed Arab help, because the Jewish one “was secured”. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain said, “If one of the sides has to be offended, let it be the Jews instead of the Arabs”. In order to “buy” calm among the Arabs, the British once again failed their international obligations. After the ascent of Hitler and other anti-Semitic regimes in Europe, an increasing number of European Jews needed to flee towards the British Mandate of Palestine. The Nuremberg Laws of 1935 resulted in 500,000 stateless Jews. The McDonald White Paper (1939), in reference to the Colonies Minister that fostered it, discarded the idea of dividing the Mandate into two states in favor of an independent Palestine governed jointly by Arabs and Jews, with Arabs keeping their demographic majority. The British would gradually associate Arabs and Jews to the government, so in ten years an independent state could be created. Jewish immigration would be limited to a maximum of 75,000 people in the following five years, in order to maintain this minority in a third of the total population. After the five years, no more Jewish immigration would be allowed unless the Arabs agreed to accept it. The purchase of new lands would be prohibited or restricted to the Jews, as a result of the natural growth of the Arab population (prohibited) and the maintenance of the level of life of the Arab farmers (restricted).
Now, let’s ask ourselves: what would have happened if instead of closing the doors, the British would have allowed the European Jews to escape with their Jewish brothers in Palestine?