Balfour Declaration

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Yesterday’s event regarding the Balfour Declaration was given by Charles Smith. The 100th year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration serves as a great reminder of the cornerstone to the existence of the Israeli state today. Dr. Smith argues that, at the time, Lord Balfour’s letter was written to Rothschild favoring a national home in Palestine. Which is what many Zionists wanted; a state in all of Palestine, not just a national home. He discusses to key elements that helped the Jewish movement further push for the Balfour Declaration’s implementation. These were the European Jewish relations within Europe at the time, which marginalized the Jewish communities. Also, European imperialism, with respect to the British, is an important point…show more content…
Smith explained that colonization had meant an existing state, and Zionism was unique in the sense that Jews had no state. He brings up that leaders like Ben Gurion and Jabotinsky, two very different political Zionists, recognized the existence of Palestinians in Palestine at the time they were pushing for the promises of the Balfour Declaration. The Zionist vision was to ally itself with British ambitions and become a state against barbarism in a region with “backwards people.” Dr. Smith brings up the other promises made by the British alongside the Balfour Declaration in 1917. The Hussein-McMahon deal promising Arabs a united state if they revolted against the Ottoman. Yet also promising the French land in the region through the Sykes-Picot Agreement. However, these promises were unrealistic given that the British had their own interests in mind. Weizmann, one of the leaders of Zionism, had strong relations with the British government. Him and Balfour saw a Jewish state as an outpost of European superiority over the region in the Middle East. The Balfour Declaration had several drafts and the final draft called for the establishment in Palestine of a Jewish national home. The Balfour Declaration served a great deal at the peace conference later on, which worked in obligation for the Jews. Recognizing that Palestine was a unique situation when it came to the mandates, there was a plan to turn the 10% Jewish minority in Palestine to a majority that would lead to a Jewish
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