One Hundred Years of the Balfour Declaration
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/11/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21713
The Balfour Declaration then not only legitimized the Zionist project in Palestine and transformed it into a contender in international relations. It in effect precipitated the spread of Zionism among British Jews.
First, that the colonization of Palestine started before 1948.
Second, the British Foreign Secretary is actively expressing specific support to the Zionist cause.
Third, Balfour is also legitimizing the Zionist aim to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
Fourth, though Balfour wrote the declaration to Lord Rothschild, the audience was the Zionist movement and the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland, established in 1899 to campaign for a "permanent homeland for the Jews in Palestine." At the time the Zionist Federation was headed by Herbert Samuel, who was actually working on the Uganda project.