Political noises from Westminster about the Balfour Centenary

With just under two years still to go before the centenary date of the Balfour Declaration, questions are already being asked in the house of Commons and The Prime Minister has been approached for his perspective on the event.

On Tuesday 12th January, Victoria Atkins (Conservative MP for Louth and Horncastle pointed out that, November 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Balfour declaration, which was an historic step in the creation of modern Israel.” and asked,  “Are there any plans to mark this anniversary?”

Tobias Ellwood MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State For Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, answered,

“During this Parliament, we mark a series of events and decisions that took place during and after world war one, including the Balfour declaration, the then Foreign Secretary’s letter to the leader of the British Jewish community, Lord Rothschild. We are proud of the role that Britain played in supporting the birth of the state of Israel… yes, we will mark the Balfour declaration anniversary this year.”

This is a hugely positive first step towards governmental recognition of the historical impact of the Declaration and the part it eventually played in the creation of today’s modern State of Israel. Further positive words came from the Prime Minister himself just the following day.

At his annual meeting with senior leaders of the Jewish community in Britain, David Cameron…

…has spoken of his intention to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration “together” with the Jewish community, writes Justin Cohen in the online UK publication Jewish News.

The issue was on the agenda for his annual meeting with leaders of the Jewish community, which also addressed the ongoing terror threat to the UK…

As preparations begin to mark the anniversary of the Balfour declaration next year, the premier said: “I want to make sure we mark it together in most appropriate way.”

You can read the full article here.

As the centenary gets closer over the coming months, there will no doubt be plenty of opportunities to lobby your MP about the British Government’s efforts (or otherwise!) to mark the event.

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