Joint Emergency Committee

   A Joint Emergency Committee, composed of members of the executive of the Jewish Agency and the Vaad Leumi (National Council) of the Jewish community in Palestine, was formed in the autumn of 1947, at which time the United Nations was considering the future of the Palestine mandate and it had become obvious that the British were intent on withdrawal. The committee was formed to make appropriate arrangements for the transfer of power from the mandatory administration to the government of the proposed Jewish state, and it sought to fill the void created by the disintegration of the British role. It drafted a legal code and a proposed constitution, developed a roster of experienced civil servants willing to serve the future government, and instituted vigorous recruitment for the Hagana to preserve the security of the Jewish community of Palestine. It disbanded in March 1948 and was succeeded by the Peoples Council, which became the de facto government of Israel upon independence.

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