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Thursday, November 2, 2017
Historical Significance of the Balfour Declaration
The following points
regarding the significance of ther Balfour declation were compiled by Dore
Gold, the President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs since 2000.
In June 2015, he was appointed Director-General of the Israel Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, where he served until October 2016.
July 24, 1922, the British pledge to help build the Jewish National
Home was explicitly incorporated into the text of the League of
Nations Mandate, which called for "putting into effect” its
terms. The Balfour Declaration thus was transformed into a binding
obligation under international law. Moreover, it was approved unanimously by
the Council of the League of Nations, made up of 51 member states.
Balfour Declaration is important because it recognizes the historical
bond of the Jewish People to the Holy Land, a bond which existed long
before the declaration. What was significant was its public and formal
recognition and its incorporation into international law.
his testimony before the Peel Commission on Jan. 7, 1937, David
Ben-Gurion noted: "I say on behalf of the Jews that the Bible is
our Mandate, the Bible which was written by us, in our own language,
in Hebrew in this very country. That is our Mandate. It is only
recognition of this right which was expressed in the Balfour Declaration.”
Thus, the British Mandate and the Balfour Declaration, upon which it
was based, did not create Jewish historical rights, but rather
recognized a pre-existing
historic Jewish attachment to the Land of Israel is the real claim to
statehood. The tendency to justify Zionism on the basis of the
Holocaust is totally misconceived. Not only was Zionism a thriving and
successful movement prior to this tragedy, but the Holocaust destroyed
its largest human reservoir and severely set it back.
Jewish population of Mandatory Palestine contributed large numbers of
volunteers and committed its manpower, agriculture, manufacturing and
expertise to the Allied cause. Unfortunately, this contribution was
the State of Israel was born in 1948, it was invaded by a coalition of
Arab armies which received their training and weapons from the main
colonial powers: Britain and France. Ironically, the rise of Israel
was an anti-colonial development accelerating the demise of European
enemies seek to misrepresent and falsify the historical facts. They
try to portray modern Israel as a product of European colonialism,
with no roots in the land and no historical rights. Modern Israel is
the heir and successor to ancient Israel. The Balfour Declaration
recognized this bond.