The Ottoman Balfour Declaration

As Martin Kramer has explained in Mosaic, the Balfour Declaration was not a unilateral move by Britain but was supported by an international consensus of the Western Allies then fighting in World War I. What’s more, writes Wolfgang Schwanitz, the Jewish claim to the land of Israel also came to be supported by the Ottoman empire, which was then fighting with Germany against the Allies. The Ottoman grand vizier, Talaat Pasha, issued an official statement lifting all restrictions on Jewish immigration to Ottoman-controlled Palestine and expressing his “sympathies for the establishment of a religious and national Jewish center” there. Although the statement was a dead letter, delivered eight months after the British seizure of Palestine and less than three months before Istanbul surrendered, Schwanitz argues that it should nonetheless be taken seriously:

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More about: Balfour Declaration, Germany, History & Ideas, Israel & Zionism, Ottoman Empire, World War I

 

Peace Has Come, but Mahmoud Abbas Wants No Part of It

Sept. 18 2020

Since the United Arab Emirates made public its desire to normalize relations with Israel, the Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas and his associates have vociferously condemned the move, and have likewise condemned Bahrain for joining in. David Horovitz reflects on Abbas’s current position:

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More about: Bahrain, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Mahmoud Abbas, United Arab Emirates