Great Britain – a nation with influence

95 years ago today the British Foreign Secretary, Arthur Balfour, made the following declaration:

“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.”

This declaration was used to pave the way toward the beginning of the state of Israel.  I’d like to make one point:

We in Britain should not underestimate our responsibility for the current situation in Palestine and Israel.  If it was not for Britain then the cycle of oppression and terrorism may not have even started.  We hold ourselves up as beacons of liberty yet fail to take responsibility for world changing decisions we have made that lead to hundreds of thousands being displaced and killed.

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