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The dealings between Zionist Jews and Great Britain near Britain’s impending defeat to Germany in World War I, ultimately saw the production of the now infamous Balfour Declaration: a reminder to Great Britain of the promise of Palestine for getting the U.S. to help them defeat Germany.

The amount of death and destruction that has taken place in the middle east since the Jewish take over of Palestine in 1948, can be traced back to this agreement.

Here is the letter in full.

THE BALFOUR DECLARATION

Foreign Office

November 2nd, 1917

Dear Lord Rothschild,

I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet.

“His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”

I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.

Yours sincerely,

Arthur James Balfour


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2 thoughts on “The Balfour Declaration 100 Years Later”
  1. […] The Balfour Declaration is still believed by many today to be the reason Palestinians eventually lost their land to the Jews in 1948. Although the Declaration was penned on November 2 1917, 31 years earlier, it is believed that the British in the wake of their victory in the Second World War, were finally able to uphold their promise. The Declaration itself, doesn’t provide many answers, especially about the backroom dealings which led up to it. Benjamin Freedman’s speech provides some background to the whole affair and the main reason the Balfour Declaration was penned. […]

  2. […] The Balfour Declaration is still believed by many today to be the reason Palestinians eventually lost their land to the Jews in 1948. Although the Declaration was penned on November 2 1917, 31 years earlier, it is believed that the British in the wake of their victory in the Second World War, were finally able to uphold their promise. The Declaration itself, doesn’t provide many answers, especially about the backroom dealings which led up to it. Benjamin Freedman’s speech provides some background to the whole affair and the main reason the Balfour Declaration was penned. […]

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