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The Balfour Declaration issued by the British government in 1917 announcing support for the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine.

It was addressed to Lord Rothschild representative of the British Zionist Federation by British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour.

The Declaration was issued during World War 1, and together with the Sykes-Picot Agreement, the Balfour Declaration has played a significant role in Historical developments in the Middle East.

Below is a full text of the Declaration and Documentary

Balfour Declaration 1917

November 2nd, 1917

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.

Yours sincerely,

Arthur James Balfour