November 2nd, 1917In this age of growing global "buyer's remorse" concerning the creation of the State of Israel, the Declaration has been subject to increasing criticism. Most of it, of course, is not as vulgar as the statement by the official Palestine News Agency (WAFA), which today called the occasion "black day in the history of the Palestinian people, also in the history of humanity, and a blow to justice and international legitimacy," and in addition criticized the UN Partition vote:
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.
Arthur James Balfour
Jews have been able to exploit that clip from Arthur Balfour known proximity
of the Zionist movement, and then the Mandate, and the decision of the
General Assembly in 1947