How the Balfour Declaration Became Part of International Law

And how it thereby helped to secure the legal foundations of the state of Israel.

June 12, 2017 | Nicholas Rostow
About the author: Nicholas Rostow is Charles Evans Hughes visiting professor of government and jurisprudence at Colgate University.
This is a response to The Forgotten Truth about the Balfour Declaration, originally published in Mosaic in June 2017

The San Remo Conference in 1920. Photo 12/Alamy Stock Photo.

Martin Kramer deserves our thanks: in “The Forgotten Truth about the Balfour Declaration,” he has illuminated the important role played by Nahum Sokolow in the diplomacy that led to the 1917 endorsement by the wartime allies and associated powers of the idea of a Jewish national home in Palestine under British protection. He has thereby enlarged our understanding, not only of how the Balfour Declaration came about but also of how it became part of international law.

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