The Balfour Declaration Was More than the Promise of One Nation

By affirming the right of any Jew to call Palestine home, it also changed the international status of the Jewish people.


Sara and Benjamin Netanyahu view the Balfour Declaration at the British Library. Government Press Office Israel.

Sara and Benjamin Netanyahu view the Balfour Declaration at the British Library. Government Press Office Israel.

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June 28 2017
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Martin Kramer teaches Middle Eastern history and served as founding president at Shalem College in Jerusalem, and is the Koret distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.


In 1930, the British Colonial Office published a “white paper” that Zionists saw as a retreat from the Balfour Declaration. David Lloyd George, whose government had issued the declaration in 1917, was long out of office and now in the twilight of his political career. In an indignant speech, he insisted that his own country had no authority to downgrade the declaration, because it constituted a commitment made by all of the Allies in the Great War:

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