Balfour Declaration of 1917

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In the Balfour Declatation of 1917, the British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour wrote an official letter to Walter Rothschild (who was seen as a representative of the Jewish people) expressing the support of the British government for the creation of a Jewish national home in Palestine. It was a reason for the USA entering the First World War, it acting as the price for the Jewish community there using its influence to manipulate American opinion towards intervention against Germany.

The declaration reads as follows:

Foreign Office, November 2nd, 1917.

Dear Lord Rothschild, I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty's Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet: "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 object, 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". I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.


Yours sincerely Arthur James Balfour

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