April 21, 2013
Can the Arab League Be Trusted?
Rarely has a short letter influenced the course of history so much as the one known as the Balfour Declaration. Written by Lord Balfour, the British foreign secretary, on November 2, 1917 to Lord Rothschild, the letter "viewed with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people." The newly established League of Nations substantiated this principle when it accepted the Declaration as the basis for the Mandate for Palestine, which the League announced on July 24, 1922. Britain was appointed as the Mandatory Power and ruled Palestine for twenty-six years. The State of Israel was established on May 14, 1948 after Britain relinquished that power. The Rothschild family gave the letter to the British Museum, which transferred it to the British National Library. The BNL has now given approval to Israel to display the original document for a limited time in the Independence Hall in Tel Aviv. The choice of the Hall as the...(Read Full Article)