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he Balfour Declaration was a public statement issued by the British government during World War I announcing support for the establishment of a "national home for the Jewish people" in Palestine, then an Ottoman region with a minority Jewish population.
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: Revolution9
I support the existence and freedom of the Jewish people. I support the freedom of all faiths, and those of no faith at all. But I would like to take this opportunity to separate for a moment, the support I give to any person, of any faith, to have the right to exist and prosper, from the notion that Israel as a country or as a government, have any right to infringe more sternly upon the space and lives of Palestinians, any more than they already have. All settlements in Palestine, "owned" by Israelis should be vacated, and Israeli citizens should live within the borders of the country as OTHER nations recognise them, not as Israel does.
Its illegal expansion efforts, and casual violence toward Palestinians, its over reactions to the frankly pathetic bottle rocket attacks it has come under over the years, its flattening of entire districts to get at single individuals, its bombing of schools and hospitals, Israels habit of creating more terrorists than it has ever killed, and blaming children for the deaths of their parents, parents for the deaths of their children, even when those who died and those who loved them are often innocent of any violence at all, these things however, I cannot support. So Jews? I have as much love for them as I have for anyone else. But Israel as a government, can officially get in the sea.
originally posted by: ufoorbhunter
It's one of the better things my country did during the colonial period. To this day the colonial experiment remains while most others failed. The whole thing comes down to our military not being able to produce the weapons to fight the Germans, then along comes this chemist called Weizmann, he pulls us out the mire and ramps up our military production with his invention, gets well in with the British elite and his wish is granted......................... Israel
World War I and Chaim Weizmann
During World War I, Great Britain needed help. Since Germany (Britain's enemy during WWI) had cornered the production of acetone—an important ingredient for arms production—Great Britain may have lost the war if Chaim Weizmann had not invented a fermentation process that allowed the British to manufacture their own liquid acetone.
It was this fermentation process that brought Weizmann to the attention of David Lloyd George (minister of ammunitions) and Arthur James Balfour (previously the British prime minister but at this time the first lord of the admiralty).
Chaim Weizmann was not just a scientist; he was also the leader of the Zionist movement.
Weizmann's contact with Lloyd George and Balfour continued, even after Lloyd George became prime minister and Balfour was transferred to the Foreign Office in 1916. Additional Zionist leaders such as Nahum Sokolow also pressured Great Britain to support a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
Alhough Balfour, himself, was in favor of a Jewish state, Great Britain particularly favored the declaration as an act of policy. Britain wanted the United States to join World War I and the British hoped that by supporting a Jewish homeland in Palestine, world Jewry would be able to sway the U.S. to join the war.
Announcing the Balfour Declaration
Though the Balfour Declaration went through several drafts, the final version was issued on November 2, 1917, in a letter from Balfour to Lord Rothschild, president of the British Zionist Federation. The main body of the letter quoted the decision of the October 31, 1917 British Cabinet meeting.
This declaration was accepted by the League of Nations on July 24, 1922 and embodied in the mandate that gave Great Britain temporary administrative control of Palestine.
originally posted by: ufoorbhunter
a reply to: the owlbear
Certainly helped the British Empire fight on against the central powers yes. We were probably never going to be beaten on our island fortress with the Royal Navy defending it too, plus our enormous Empire to call on. But the scientist Weizmann certainly made it possible to continue the fight on the continent yes.
Good old acetone has a lot to answer for when people look to the reasons why Israel exists