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date: 16 February 2019

Balfour Declaration

A Dictionary of Politics in the Middle East

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

Balfour Declaration 

Letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour that signalled British support for a Jewish national home in Palestine. Dated 2 November 1917, the Balfour Declaration was addressed to Walter Rothschild, a leading figure in British Zionism. Rothschild was a friend of Chaim Weizmann and was involved in drafting the Balfour Declaration. The Balfour Declaration was forwarded to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and published on 9 November 1917. The Balfour Declaration was incorporated into British policy after the First World War through the Treaty of Sèvres with the Ottoman Empire in 1920 and the creation of the British Mandate for Palestine in 1923.