How did we get here on Israel’s annexation plan? It’s all in the Balfour Declaration

 Instead of pondering the issues around a possible delay, let’s remember that this is all about Israel’s existence as a state, writes Robert Fisk

Benjamin Netanyahu has called the Israeli government’s plans ‘another glorious chapter in the history of Zionism’

Benjamin Netanyahu has called the Israeli government’s plans ‘another glorious chapter in the history of Zionism’ ( AFP/Getty )

Let’s go back to Balfour. It’s not about whether Israel will annex the West Bank later this month or how much of it or how much more of it. It’s about the original 1917 British promise – or the original sin, if you were an Arab – and what it said in words.

For after the rigmarole about British “sympathy” and Zionist “aspirations”, the single sentence of the Balfour Declaration pledged that the cabinet in London viewed “with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people”.

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  1. now-a-days Governments apologize for the past sins of colonialism. The Belgium King is the latest one. When will the used to be Great Britain apologize for the Balfour Declaration?

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