Sinn Féin Revolutionary, Fianna Fáil Nationalist and Revisionist Zionist
Chapter 7: 1938–1939 - Political Dichotomy, Parochial Anti-Semitism and Revisionist Apex: Dublin Exclusionism and Missions to Poland, America and South Africa
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1938–1939 Political Dichotomy, Parochial Anti-Semitism and Revisionist Apex: Dublin Exclusionism and Missions to Poland, America and South Africa
The fact that Briscoe had apparently found an ideologically compatible Zionist organization should have ensured he did not experience the same frustrations that resulted from his brief alliance with the BDBJ. This certainly appeared to be the case after his first meeting with Jabotinsky, which seemed to have laid the foundations for a perfect working relationship where the Irish republican Jew could channel all his energies into saving his co-religionists through the revisionist template of Jabotinsky’s Zionism. Briscoe’s complex dual commitment manifested almost immediately when Jabotinsky wasted no time in exploiting Briscoe’s personal connection to de Valera to facilitate an introduction.1
Securing a meeting with de Valera had been a priority for Jabotinsky since de Valera’s anti-partitionist speech in September 1937; he believed that the Irish leader was the perfect man to highlight conceptual objections to partition not just in Ireland, but also the potential plan for co-existing, coterminous Jewish and Arab states in Palestine2 The plan was abhorrent to Jabotinsky, who believed that if it was implemented it would completely ruin the revisionist plan for a mass Jewish emigration to Palestine.3 He was ← 121 | 122 → desperate to foil the recommendation to terminate ‘the present Mandate on the basis of partition’, and refocus attention on the creation of a Jewish National Home as defined by the Balfour Declaration.4
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