During the period of the Mandate, the Jewish community in Palestine steadily and resourcefully increased its purchases of land as a basis for the future Jewish state, despite Arab objections and British restrictions. Kenneth Stein, making use of the British archives and of mountains of material covering thousands of real estate transactions, has written an objective and comprehensive history of this question. Zionist tenacity, British ambivalence, and Arab individualism and weakness all contributed to the outcome.
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