The story begins nearly a hundred years ago with one of the great examples of how you can never trust politicians. The British promised the Arabs that they would create a new and better world for them. The only problem is that they promised the Jews the very same thing.
In 1915, at the height of the First World War, Sir Henry McMahon, the British High Commissioner in Egypt made an agreement with the Emir of Mecca. It said that if the Arabs helped the British overthrow the Turks who ruled Palestine – then the British would in return give the Arabs independence. Lawrence of Arabia – TE Lawrence – was one of the British agents sent to help organise the Arab Revolt.