The Balfour Declaration: a century on
Part 1: what was it?
On November 2 1917, Lord Balfour sent a letter to Lord Rothschild, a prominent Zionist, stating that:
“His Majesty’s Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object…” [Balfour Declaration, 1917]
So in a nutshell, it is one nation (Britain) openly offering another people’s land (Palestine) to a third group – the World Zionist Congress!
Essentially a green light for the Zionists to recklessly overtake Palestinian land, just as we see up to the present day.
Duplicity and deceit: everlasting colonial traits
Prime Minister Lloyd George subscribed to the view that Jewish people held significant influence in America and Russia, and thus deemed it within Britain’s interests to offer them Palestine, hoping to influence the US decision to enter WW1 and Russia’s to stay in the war through zionist lobbying.
But at the same time as making this pledge, the British were negotiating with the Ottoman Khilafah in case they did not get the support they sought from the Zionists.
The British had also simultaneously promised Palestine as part of an independent Arab state to Shareef Hussein of Makkah, as part of their encouragement in inciting him to rebel against the Ottoman Khilafah.
With so much conniving and deceitful corruption – this policy couldn’t fail to create the nightmare scenario that ensued ever since – up until the present day.
The ugly face of such machiavellian manoeuvres is part and parcel of Britain’s colonialist nature, enshrined by mid 19th Century Prime minister Viscount Palmerston’s words on Britain’s foreign policy ethos:
“We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow.”
Chasing their own benefit at whatever cost necessary has been, is and always will be the cornerstone of British foreign policy.
The propping up of dictators all over the Muslim world, manipulating Iraq-Iran’s scale of power and supporting the Saudi obliteration of Yemen are but a few reminders of such an ethos.