by Steve Payne
says: what if the British Government had double crossed the Zionists?
Please note that the opinions expressed in this satirical post do not
necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
November 2nd 1917,
to comment on Reddit.on this day the British Foreign Secretary
Arthur James Balfour expressed sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations in
a secret letter addressed to Baron Walter Rothschild, a leader of the
British Jewish community.
Other members of David Lloyd George's Cabinet strongly disagreed with the
"view [in] favour [of] the establishment in Palestine of a national home
for the Jewish people", with Lord Curzon declaring that he "could not
share the optimistic views held concerning the future of Palestine" and he
feared that the Declaration "raised false expectations which could never
Edwin Montagu, Secretary of State for India and the only Jew in the
Cabinet, regarded the Declaration as an anti-Semitic act because it would
jeopardise the position of Jews throughout the world. He also believed
that it broke promises made to the Arabs and violated the principle of
Of course Baron Rothschild was fully aware that Britain was an unlikely
sponsor of the Zionist initiative, considering that it was the first
European country to expel its Jewish population in 1290, and that it did
not grant full political emancipation to Jews until 1871. And so events
developed, because in 1921, using his authority as Secretary of State for
the Colonies, the British Minister Winston Churchill designated
three-fourths of Palestine as a kingdom for Abdullah, the Hashemite prince
who had fought alongside T. E. Lawrence1.
says 1) When Churchill traveled to Cairo that year to formalize an
agreement, however, he changed his favorable opinion of the Arabs and came
to regard the Jewish people as collaborators in the mission to civilize the
world. At that time, he became an avid Zionist and remained one for the rest
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