By Advis3r
November 29, 2011

Armbach would have you believe that the Balfour Declaration did not give the Jewish people the right to a homeland in Palestine.

However his "treatise" is nothing but a farrago of disingenuity and plain nonsense.

To put him straight in 1917, Britain issued the Balfour Declaration:

His Majesty’s Government views with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors 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.

The Mandate for Palestine included the Balfour Declaration. It specifically referred to “the historical connections of the Jewish people with Palestine” and to the moral validity of “reconstituting their National Home in that country.” The term “reconstituting” shows recognition of the fact that Palestine had been the Jews’ home. Furthermore, the British were instructed to “use their best endeavors to facilitate” Jewish immigration, to encourage settlement on the land and to “secure” the Jewish National Home. The word “Arab” does not appear in the Mandatory award.

Saying that a National Home does not mean a country is just plain disingenuous.

Far from awarding the mandate to Britain to do with it as it thought fit Britain which was awarded the mandate at the behest of the Jews over the French whose intentions the Jews had cause to suspect had defined tasks to carry out in the Holy land. That it did not adhere to its assigned undertaking has been the subject of many disputes not least the carving out of a substantial part of the mandate to Jordan as a sop by Churchill to the Hashemites when they lost Saudia to its present rulers after WWI.

The Mandate was formalized by the 52 governments at the League of Nations on July 24, 1922 and re-affirmed on the foundation of the United Nations after WWII. It was and always has been the home of the Jewish people it has never been the national home of any Arab nation or people let alone a "Palestinian" one since that term was only coined in 1964 on the founding by the arch-terrorist Arafat with the connivance of Nasser of the PLO which was formed solely for the purpose of pursuing the destruction of the State of Israel within its pre-1967 "borders" and which in its founding charter denied it had any rights over Judea and Samaria which at that time were illegally occupied and annexed by Jordan.


Rich Armbach

Tue, 11/29/2011 - 11:59

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Where in the declaration does it say that the location of Shiloh would be part of the

Where does it say there would be Jewiish sovereignty over the existing population?

If you want to appeal to subsequent events, appeal to subsequent events

But don't appeal to Balfour, the League of Nations etc because it is not there,


Tue, 11/29/2011 - 12:41

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The establishment of a Jewish Homeland predicates that the Jewish people would have a country - wriggle all you want that is the plain meaning of the words as England is the homeland of the English Scotland is the homeland of the Scots etc etc.
Secondly Britain did not own the Balfour Declaration it was a declaration of intent by the British Government of the day that it would support the re-establishment of Jewish sovereignty in what was then Palestine. Palestine did not belong to Britain it occupied it after conquering Ottoman Turkey.
Thirdly Shiloh being within the areas known as Judea and Samaria were included within the area of Palestine to be re-established as part of the Jewish homeland as set out in the mandate awarded to Britain which was mandated i.e. authorized by the League of Nations to put into effect the agreements made in San Remo in 1920 and 1922. That it chose to go outside its remit and do things which it was not authorized to do is something to its eternal shame.
Oh and as to sovereignty over the existing population you will note the the declaration talks of civil and religious rights of the existing population not national rights which it was recognised would be subsumed in the Jewish People's State to be created under the terms of the mandate. So today we have Israeli Arabs as full citizens of the State of Israel.
Simple really!


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