Quotation from David Ben Gurion “The transfer of population is what makes possible a comprehensive settlement program” — Aug. 7 1937
During a debate in the Zionist Assembly during the Peel Commission debates (English text completed with partial citations).
- Ben Gurion, David (1886-1973) ( 94 quotations )
" In many parts of the country new settlement will not be possible without transferring the Arab fellahin. . . it is important that this plan comes from the [British Peel] Commission and not from us. . . . . The transfer of population is what makes possible a comprehensive settlement program. Fortunately for us, the Arab people have enormous desolate areas. Jewish power, which grows steadily, will also increase our possibilities to carry out the transfer on a large scale. You must remember, that this system embodies an important humane and Zionist idea, to transfer parts of a people to their country and to settle empty lands [Transjordan and Iraq]. We believe that this action will also bring us closer to an agreement with the Arabs. "
Sylvain Cypel. Les emmurés
, La Découverte, 2005. Benny Morris, Victimes. Histoire revisitée du conflit arabo-sioniste,
Complexe, 2003, p.162.
Eugene Rogan & Avi Shlaïm The War of Palestine Cambridge Univ. Press, 2001, p. 43.
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