After hearing views from all parties, Peel decided that no truly representative government of the whole country was possible. The Jews were still in a minority but wouldn’t accept being partners in a national government with a majority of Arabs. And the Arabs would not accept unrestricted immigration of Jews until they became a majority. In an attempt to solve the problem, Peel suggested dividing the country into two separate states or – as the Arabs saw it – taking away half their land and giving it exclusively to Jews.
“The Arabs desire to revive the traditions of the Arab golden age. The Jews desire to show what they can achieve when restored to the land in which the Jewish nation was born. Neither of the two national ideals permits of combination in the service of a single State.”