Jabotinsky's Role, and the Jewish Legion's, in Securing the Balfour Declaration

The Jewish Legion was not just a military force but an instrument of Zionist diplomacy—a symbolic resurrection of the Jewish national spirit.

The 39th Battalion of the Jewish Legion at Fort Edward in 1918. Wikipedia.

The 39th Battalion of the Jewish Legion at Fort Edward in 1918. Wikipedia.

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June 26 2017
About the author

Colin Shindler is an emeritus professor at SOAS, University of London. His latest book, The Hebrew Republic: Israel’s Return to History, has just been published by Rowman & Littlefield.


Martin Kramer has rightly attempted to resurrect Nahum Sokolow’s role in the Zionist diplomacy that led up to the Balfour Declaration. He demonstrates clearly the incremental progress of that diplomacy during World War I, and how the Zionist diplomats ensured that political significance was attached to each new step, no matter how seemingly insignificant. He also shows that Britain did not act in isolation but, working together with the Zionists, saw to it that its other wartime allies were on board.

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