This kind of ticked them off too:
ANGLO-FRENCH DECLARATION |
November 7, 1918
The goal envisaged by France and Great Britain in prosecuting in the East the War let loose by German ambition is the complete and final liberation of the peoples who have for so long been oppressed by the Turks, and the setting up of national governments and administrations deriving their authority from the free exercise of the initiative and choice of the indigenous populations.
In pursuit of those intentions, France and Great Britain agree to further and assist in the establishment of indigenous Governments and administrations in Syria and Mesopotamia which have already been liberated by the Allies, as well as in those territories which they are engaged in securing and recognising these as soon as they are actually established.
Far from wishing to impose on the populations of those regions any particular institutions they are only concerned to ensure by their support and by adequate assistance the regular working of Governments and administrations freely chosen by the populations themselves; to secure impartial and equal justice for all; to facilitate the economic development of the country by promoting and encouraging local initiative; to foster the spread of education; and to put an end to the dissensions which Turkish policy has for so long exploited. Such is the task which the two Allied Powers wish to undertake in the liberated territories.
The Palestinians specifically were assured, in several other instances, of their sovereignty following the war. All this was done to get the support of Arabs and cause them to rise up against the Turks, which they did.
But in reality, Britain and France and Russia had signed the secret Sykes-Picot Agreement and never had any intent of honouring their agreements. Before pen was set to paper on the Anglo-French Declaration, they had already divided up the Middle East into zones of direct control as spoils of war. And this is precisely what they did after the war.
Palestine was first the "Allied Condominium" jointly controlled by France and Britain, later it came under British control (and eventually became the British Mandate). The British had given conflicting promises to the Jews under the Balfour Declaration, which they incorporated into the terms for peace with the Ottomans under the Treaty of Sevres. The A-F Declaration was a fraud, and the promised "national governments and administrations deriving their authority from the free exercise of the initiative and choice of the indigenous populations" never happened; instead, the British imposed themselves on the territory, and administered a system of immigration friendly to Zionist interests. After WW2, a Jewish state was imposed without consultation of the indigenous population, and against their will.