When American Jews Fought over the Balfour Declaration https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/israel-zionism/2018/09/when-american-jews-fought-over-the-balfour-declaration/

Despite everything that has changed, today’s internal Jewish divisions eerily echo those from exactly a century ago.

September 6, 2018 | Rick Richman
About the author: Rick Richman is a resident scholar at American Jewish University and a frequent contributor to Mosaic. He is the author of Racing Against History: The 1940 Campaign for a Jewish Army to Fight Hitler (Encounter Books, 2018).

A draft of the Balfour Declaration, 1917. Smithsonian.

One-hundred years ago, Rosh Hashanah came early, just as this year. On the eve of the holy day—September 5, 1918—the New York Times published the text of a letter from President Woodrow Wilson to Stephen S. Wise, a prominent Reform rabbi who also served as vice-president of the Zionist Organization of America. In the letter, the president effectively announced his approval of the November 1917 Balfour Declaration, in which the British government had expressed its history-changing commitment to “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”

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