UK made rash promises

UK made rash promises

UK made rash promises

First published in Letters

I wonder if a start to solving the problem of the Gaza Strip would be for us British to acknowledge that we made contradictory promises to both the Jews and the Arabs in 1917 with the Balfour Declaration, offering the Jews backing for a homeland in Palestine.

Lord Balfour, the then Foreign Secretary, added: “It being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of the existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine”.

Britain followed through on the first undertaking (to the Jews) but reneged on the second (to the Arabs).

Mr A B Chapman,

Flag Court,

Courtenay Terrace,

Hove

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11:36pm Mon 25 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

Tiny flaw in your argument - the UK wasn't in charge of Israel after 1948.

Also, there weren't just Arabs living there. Isn't it amazing how the Christians living there had no issues with the new Jewish state?
Tiny flaw in your argument - the UK wasn't in charge of Israel after 1948. Also, there weren't just Arabs living there. Isn't it amazing how the Christians living there had no issues with the new Jewish state? notslimjim
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