Welcome to Balfour 100

cover1In just under two years, on 2nd November 2017, many people and organisations will celebrate the writing of a short, three paragraph letter that helped to change the face of the Middle East forever.

His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this objective, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.

Despite some suspect punctuation, this succinct declaration has had more impact on international events in the Middle East than any much longer treaty or agreement and its repercussions are with us today.

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