Palestine, Back to the Future

There was a time when the lands now known as Israel (including Judea and Samaria and Gaza) and Jordan were called "Palestine."  In fact, the Balfour Declaration of 1917 declared that "His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people." There followed considerable cooperation between the Jews, represented by Chaim Weizmann, and the Arabs living in Mespotamia, now Iraq and Jordan, represented by Emir Feisal.  As a result, the Feisal-Weizman Agreement was signed in January 1919, in which it was agreed that the Jews would get the lands lying west of the Jordan River watershed to the Mediterranean. Two months later, Feisal wrote to Felix Frankfuter, the then-leader of the American Zionists, extending a welcome: We Arabs, especially the educated among us look with the deepest sympathy on the Zionist movement. Our deputation here in Paris is fully acquainted with the proposals submitted yesterday by the Zionist...(Read Full Article)