The Balfour Declaration: His Majesty’s gift was also a demand

Exactly 99 years ago, minus one day, Lord Arthur James Balfour, then Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom and previously its Prime Minister, gave what became known as the “Balfour Declaration.” In a concise letter to Lord Walter Rothschild intended for transmission to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland, Lord Balfour expressed “His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” The letter also communicated the commitment of His Majesty’s government to “use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object.”

Almost one hundred years later, the UN, via its agency, UNESCO, has denied Israel’s historic claim on Temple Mount. In just under 100 years, we have managed to win the favor of the world’s greatest power at the time, Great Britain, establish a state with the support of an overwhelming majority of the world’s nations, and lose that support to the point that our own historic capital is not recognized as such, despite indisputable evidence that Jerusalem is and was the capital of the Jewish nation. How have we come to this?

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