Jerusalem Dateline: 11/24/17 Sixty-Seven Words That Changed the World

>> Chris: THIS WEEK ON “JERUSALEM DATELINE,” A SPECIAL CBN NEWS PRESENTATION COMMEMORATES THE HISTORY AND IMPACT OF THE BALFOUR DECLARATION ON ITS 100th ANNIVERSARY GORDON ROBERTSON DOCUMENTS THE PROFOUND IMPACT 67 WORDS HAD ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A HOMELAND FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE AFTER NEARLY 2,000 YEARS IN EXILE >> FOR THE FIRST TIME A MAJOR POWER IN THE WORLD COMES FORWARD IN A PUBLIC WAY AND SAYS, WE RECOGNIZE THE RIGHT THAT THE JEWS CLAIM FOR THEMSELVES >> Chris: 100 YEARS LATER, LORD BALFOUR’S LETTER STILL AFFECTS THE DAY TO DAY LIFE OF THE PROMISED LAND HELLO, AND WELCOME TO THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF “JERUSALEM DATELINE.” I’M CHRIS MITCHELL IN NOVEMBER 1917, THE WAR TO END ALL WARS WAS RAGING THROUGHOUT EUROPE, AFRICA, AND THE MIDDLE EAST THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE WAS ON THE BREAK OF COLLAPSE, AND BRITISH FORCES WERE POISED TO CAPTURE THE CITY OF JERUSALEM 100 YEARS AGO THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT MADE A STRATEGIC ANNOUNCEMENT: IT WAS TIME FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE TO O HAVE A NATIONAL HOME THE BALFOUR DECLARATION WAS THE FIRST STEP THAT LED TO THE CREATION OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL 30 YEARS LATER GORDON ROBERTSON TAKES A LOOK AT THE MEN, BOTH JEWISH AND CHRISTIAN, BEHIND THIS HISTORIC PROCLAMATION >> Gordon: ON NOVEMBER 2nd, 1917, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT ISSUED A LETTER THAT PROMISED THE JEWISH PEOPLE THEIR FIRST HOMELAND IN NEARLY 2,000 YEARS AND WITH JUST 67 WORDS, THE MAP OF THE WORLD CHANGED FOREVER >> THIS MAJESTY 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 PEOPLE IN PALESTINE, OR THE RIGHTS ENJOYED BY JEWS IN ANY OTHER COUNTRY >> Gordon: IN 1917, THE POPULATION OF PALESTINE WAS PREDOMINANTLY ARAB, SO WHY DID THE BRITISH ENDORSE A JEWISH HOME IN A REGION WHERE ONLY 7% OF THE PEOPLE WERE JEWS? >> THE BALFOUR DECLARATION WASN’T ISSUED FOR THE JEWS IN PALESTINE IT WAS ISSUED FOR THE JEWS IN DESPERATE STRAITS OUTSIDE PALESTINE AND IN PARTICULAR, THE JEWS OF THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE THERE WAS A HUGE POPULATION OF JEWS WHO WERE IN MORTAL DANGER >> Gordon: AT THE TURN OF THE 20th CENTURY, SOME 2,000 RUSSIAN JEWS WERE KILLED IN A WAVE OF BLOODY PROGRAMS 15 YEARS LATER, DURING WORLD WAR I, 600,000 MORE WERE DEPORTED BECAUSE THEY WERE SUSPECTED OF BEING PRO-GERMAN AFTER THE WAR, ANOTHER 50,000 DIED IN A NEW SERIES OF PROGRAMS, AND HALF A MILLION WERE LEFT HOMELESS >> THERE WERE, AT THE TIME, SOMETHING OVER FIVE MILLION JEWS IN THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE THAT WAS A LARGER POPULATION THAN THE POPULATION OF THE ENTIRE LEVANT PALESTINE, SYRIA, LEBANON, INCLUDING IT ALL, THERE WAS ONLY ABOUT FOUR MILLION AT THE TIME IT WAS THE MAXIMUM GOOD FOR THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PEOPLE AND THERE WERE PEOPLE HERE WHO WERE IN DESPERATE NEED OF REFUGE >> Gordon: 14 YEARS EARLIER, IN THE 1903, ZIONIST LEADERS HAD ASKED GREAT BRITAIN TO PROVIDE A SAFE HAVEN FOR THE RUSSIAN JEWS IN RESPONSE, THE BRITISH OFFERED THEM LAND IN UGANDA, THEN UNDER BRITISH CONTROL ULTIMATELY THE ZIONISTS TURNED DOWN THE OFFER BUT THEY HAD CAUGHT THE ATTENTION OF ONE OF THE ATTORNEYS THAT HAD HELPED DRAFT THE SO-CALLED “THE UGANDA SCHEME.” HE HAD A LOVE FOR BIBLICAL HISTORY DAVID LLOYD GEORGE HAD BEEN RAISED IN A DEEPLY RELIGIOUS HOME IN WALES, WHERE HE HAD STUDIED THE HISTORY OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE HE HAD BECOME CONVINCED THEIR RIGHT TO RETURN TO THEIR BIBLICAL HOMELAND, AND OFTEN SPOKE OF PUTTING ISRAEL BACK ON THE MAP AND PROVIDING A NATIONAL HEARTH AND A REFUGE FOR THE HUNTED CHILDREN OF ISRAEL DURING WORL WORLD WAR I, LLOYD

GEORGE BECAME BRITAIN’S FIRST MINISTER OF MUNITIONS, AND IN THIS CAPACITY, HE MET A SIGN TEST WHASCIENTIST WHO SHARED HIS DREAM OF A JEWISH HOMELAND AT THE HEIGHT OF WORLD WAR I, GREAT BRITAIN EXPERIENCED A CRITICAL SHORTAGE OF ACETONE THE CHEMICAL NEEDED TO CREATE THE EXPLOSIVE IN ARTILLERY CARTRIDGES SO A JEWISH CHEMIST IN MANCHESTER WENT TO WORK AND CAME UP WITH A NEW WAY TO CREATE ACETONE BY FERMENTING GRAIN, CORN, AND EVEN CHESTNUTS HE WORKED DAY AND NIGHT TO REPRODUCE IT IN MASS QUANTITIES AND SOON THE BRITISH WERE PRODUCING 90,000 GALLONS A YEAR THE CHEMIST WHO SAVED THE BRITISH ARMY WAS A RUSSIAN JEWISH MAN NAMED HEIM WEISSMAN A ZIONIST LEADER WHO WOULD WASN’T DAY BECOME THE FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL >> HEIM WEISSMAN WAS THE CHIEF ARCHITECT OF ZIONIST DIPLOMACY HE WAS A MAN OF ACTION TOTALLY DRIVEN AND ALSO A CHARMER AND NOT ONLY THAT, HE PUT TOGETHER A STRATEGY THE STRATEGY WAS TO GAIN SOME KIND OF EXPLICIT ENDORSEMENT OF THE ZIONIST MOVEMENT, WHICH WOULD BE A PUBLIC ONE >> Gordon: IN MANCHESTER, WEISSMAN MADE A NUMBER OF STRATEGIC FRIENDSHIPS WITH MEMBERS OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT DURING THE WAR, HE WORKED WITH LLOYD GEORGE TO SOLVE THE MUNITIONS CRISIS AND NEARLY A DECADE EARLIER, HE HAD MET A FORMER PRIME MINISTER WHO BECAME A LIFE-LONG FRIEND >> Chris: COMING UP, THE BIBLICAL BASIS FOR THE LETTER THAT CHANGED THE WORLD >> Chris: THE FRIEND THAT HEIM WEISSMAN MADE LEARNED THE BIBLE FROM AN EARLY AGE, AND THIS BIBLICAL WORLD VIEW LAID THE FOUNDATION FOR WHAT MANY BELIEVED HELPFUL FILL BIBLICAL PROPHECY HIS NAME: LORD ARTHUR BALFOUR >> Gordon: LORD ARTHUR JAMES BALFOUR WAS BORN IN EASTERN SCOTLAND, AND LIKE DAVID LLOYD GEORGE, HIS CHILDHOOD WAS STEEPED IN THE STORIES OF THE BIBLE >> HE CAME FROM A VERY, VERY INTELLECTUAL FAMILY AND THEY WERE ALL VERY PRAGMATIC PROTESTANTS THE BIBLE WAS PRETTY CENTRAL TO EVERYBODY’S EDUCATION THEY WOULD HAVE READ THE OLD TESTAMENT EVERY SUNDAY SO THEY WERE BROUGHT UP IN A VERY RELIGIOUS WAY NOT EXTREME, BUT JUST WITH INTENSE EDUCATION ABOUT THE BIBLE SO IT WAS VERY NATURAL FOR ANYBODY WHO WAS BROUGHT UP IN THIS ENVIRONMENT TO ASSOCIATE THE HOLY LAND AND THE JEWS THEY WERE LINKED >> Gordon: AFTER SEVERAL YEARS AS A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, BALFOUR BECAME PRIME MINISTER IN 1902 WHILE IN OFFICE, HE SUPPORTED THE PLAN FOR A JEWISH HOMELAND IN UGANDA A FEW YEARS LATER, A FRIEND INTRODUCED HIM TO HEIM WEISSMAN OF MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY, AND THE TWO DEBATED THE MERITS OF THE UGANDA SCHEME FOR MORE THAN AN HOUR >> BUT THE RUSSIAN JEWS NEED A SAFE HAVEN IMMEDIATELY WHY NOT BRITISH EAST AFRICA? >> THE SURVIVAL OF ZIONISM IS BASED ON A SPIRITUAL CONVICTION AND THAT CONVICTIONS BASED ON PALESTINE AND ON PALESTINE ALONE >> IF MOSES HAD BEEN HERE WHEN THEY HAD PROPOSED UGANDA, HE SURELY WOULD HAVE BROKEN THE TABLETS ONCE AGAIN MR. BALFOUR, SUPPOSING I WERE TO OFFER YOU PARIS INSTEAD OF LONDON? WOULD YOU TAKE IT? >> DR. WEISSMAN, WE HAVE LONDON >> THAT IS TRUE AND WE HAD JERUSALEM WHEN LONDON WAS NOTHING MORE THAN A MARSH >> ARE THERE MANY JEWS WHO THINK LIKE YOU? >> I BELIEVE I SPEAK THE MIND OF MILLIONS OF JEWS WHO CANNOT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES >> IF THAT IS SO, DR. WEISSMAN, THEN YOU WILL ONE DAY BE A FORCE >> Gordon: LORD BALFOUR HAD GONE INTO THE MEETING HOPING TO CHANGE WEISSMAN’S MIND INSTEAD, HE BECAME THE CONVERT, AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE GAINED AN ALLY IN ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL MEN IN ENGLAND

IN 1915, WEISSMAN’S GROUNDBREAKING PRODUCTION OF ACETONE WAS INVALUABLE TO THE BRITISH WAR EFFORT, AND HE NOW HAD THE EAR OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL MEN IN ENGLAND DAVID LLOYD GEORGE LATER WROTE IN HIS MEMOIRS THAT THE BALFOUR DECLARATION WAS A REWARD FOR WEISSMAN’S SERVICE TO BRITAIN IN RESPONSE, WEISSMAN COMMENTED: “I WISH IT HAD BEEN AS SIMPLE AS THAT.” IN 1916, BOTH OF WEISSMAN’S FRIENDS WERE PROMOTED DAVID LLOYD GEORGE BECAME THE NEW PRIME MINISTER, AND LORD BALFOUR WAS NOW HIS FOREIGN SECRETARY TOGETHER THEY FOUGHT FOR THE ZIONIST CAUSE IN THE NEWLY CREATED BRITISH WAR CABINET BALFOUR AND LLOYD GEORGE MAY HAVE BEEN MOTIVATED BY RELIGION OR HISTORY, BUT THE REST OF THE CABINET HAD MORE PRAGMATIC REASONS FOR BEING INVOLVED IN THE MIDDLE EAST, INCLUDING ACCESS TO ARAB OIL AND THE SUEZ CANAL THE WAR CABINET SIGNED OFF ON A JEWISH HOMELAND IN PALESTINE ON ONE CONDITION: BRITAIN’S EUROPEAN ALLIES HAD TO AGREE TO THE PLAN SO THE ZIONISTS TURNED TO ONE OF THEIR MOST AFFECTIVE AND LEAST REMEMBERED DIPLOMAT >> Chris: UP NEXT, ONE OF THE UNSUNG HEROS OF THE BALFOUR DECORATION >> Chris: WHILE THE BALFOUR DECLARATION BEARS THE NAME OF LORD ARTHUR BELL FOUR, A NUMBER OF OTHERS PLAY KEY ROLES IN BRINGING THE DECLARATION TO DIPLOMATIC LIFE ONE OF THEM, SOKOLO >> THERE IS NO QUESTION TWO OTHER PEOPLE DESERVE AS MUCH CREDIT AS WEISSMAN ONE IS SOKOLO, WHO’S TASK WAS TO GET THE BY-IN OF BRITAIN’S ALLIES IN EUROPE REMEMBER, BRITAIN WAS PART OF A WAR-TIME ALLIANCE THE PRIMARY ALLIES WERE FRANCE AND ITALY IT WOULD BE INCONCEIVABLE FOR BRITAIN TO ISSUE A COMMITMENT REGARDING TERRITORY YET TO BE CONQUERED BY THIS ALLIANCE WITHOUT PRIOR CONSULTATION WITH ITS ALLIES THAT WAS SOKOLO’S JOB SOKOLO NOT ONLY GOT THE BUY-IN FROM THE FRENCH AND THE ITALIANS, BUT HE GOT THE BUY-IN FROM THE VATICAN SOKOLO GOT ALL THAT THAT’S HIS MAJOR CONTRIBUTION >> Gordon: ONCE THE EUROPEANS WERE ON BOARD, IT WAS TIME TO DRAFT THE TEXT AND IT MAY SURPRISE YOU TO LEARN THAT LLOYD BALFOUR DIDN’T ACTUALLY WRITE THE DECLARATION THAT BEARS HIS NAME >> BALFOUR WAS, OF COURSE, ENGAGED IN THE PROCESS HE DIDN’T JUST SIT DOWN AND DICTATE THE BALFOUR DECLARATION TO HIS SECRETARY HE WAS THE UNSUNG HERO OF THE BALFOUR DECLARATION ON THE BRITISH SIDE WAS MARK SIKES HE WAS THE ONE WHO MET WITH THE ZIONISTS HE SHEPHERDED THE WHOLE THING THROUGH, INCLUDING THE TEXT BALFOUR AND MARK SIKES ASKED THE ZIONISTS TO PROPOSE A TEXT, AND SOKOLO WAS THE AUTHOR OF THE TEXT THE ZIONISTS GAVE A TEXT THAT WAS MORE FORTHCOMING THAN THE FINAL DECORATION AND IT WAS SIKES, WHO AFTER THAT CABINET MEETING AFTER THE BALFOUR DECLARATION WAS ADOPTED, STEPPED OUT OF THE ROOM AND SAID, IT’S A BOY >> Gordon: FROM THE START, IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR THE DECLARATION TO BE A PUBLIC ONE >> HERTZL WAS A MAGNIFICENT MOTIVATOR AND POPULARIZED THE IDEA BUT HE DIDN’T GET ANY POWER TO SIGN ON TO THE PROJECT WEISSMAN’S GENIUS WAS TO UNDERSTAND THAT WHAT WAS NEEDED WAS A PUBLIC DECORATION ONCE IT WAS MADE PUBLIC, AND IT WAS INCORPORATED IN THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS, IT BECAME A MATTER OF BRITISH HONOR AND CREDIBILITY TO UPHOLD IT >> Gordon: THE DECLARATION WAS ISSUED IN THE FORM OF A LETTER FROM LLOYD BALFOUR TO ONE OF BRITAIN’S MOST PROMINENT JEWISH LEADERS, LORD WALTER ROTHSCHILD >> IT INCLUDED PHRASE OF CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE TO UNDERSTANDING A BREAKTHROUGH — MANY PEOPLE FOCUSED ON THE IDEA OF A NATIONAL HOME SOKOLO SAID, LET’S KEEP IT VAGUE, AND THE WORD HE

USED WAS “PREGNANT,PREGNANT,” PREGNANT WITH MEANING BECAUSE IF HE ASKED FOR A JEWISH STATE AT THAT POINT THERE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE BEEN TOO MUCH OPPOSITION THE KEY PHRASE THERE IS “THE JEWISH PEOPLE.” THE JEWISH PEOPLE HAD BEEN CONSIDERED AT THAT TIME AS A RELIGION BY DESCRIBING THEM AS A PEOPLE, THIS IS A TRANSFORMATION OF THE STATUS OF THE JEWS FROM A RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY TO A PEOPLE OF NATIONHOOD THAT’S A HUGE TRANSFORMATION OF THE STATUS OF JEWS >> Gordon: AS THE DRAFT EVOLVED, THE ZIONISTS FACED ONE MORE HURTLE, WHEN THE UNITED STATES DECLARED WAR ON GERMANY >> ONCE THE UNITED STATES ENTERED THE WAR, IT BECAME CLEAR THAT THE BRITISH HAD TO CLEAR THE BALFOUR DECLARATION WITH YET ANOTHER ALLY THE BRITISH WAR CABINET MADE IT QUITE CLEAR THEY WOULD NOT ISSUE A DECLARATION UNLESS THE UNITED STATES WAS ON BOARD AGAIN, THEY SENT THE DINEISTS OZIONISTS ON THE MISSION TO DO THAT >> Gordon: THE ZIONISTS ENLISTED SUPREME COURT JUSTICE LANDIZE, TO PRESENT THE DECORATION TO WOODROW WILSON >> ALTHOUGH INITIALLY WILSON REJECTED THE NOTION OF SUPPORT FOR SUCH A DECORATION IN OCTOBER OF 1917, HE WAS SHOWN THE ACTUAL TEXT AND HE HAD A CHANGE OF HEART >> Gordon: THE BRITISH HAD FINALLY WON AMERICAN SUPPORT, BUT THEY STILL FACED OPPOSITION HERE AT HOME, AND SURPRISINGLY MUCH OF IT CAME FROM THE JEWISH COMMUNITY >> THERE WAS OPPOSITION WITHIN THE CABINET BY ONE OF ITS JEWISH MEMBERS MONTAGUE AND HE THOUGHT IT WAS EVIDENCE OF THE ANTI-SEMITISM OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT >> Gordon: MONTAGUE AND OTHER BRITISH JEWS INSISTED THEY HAD AS MUCH RIGHT AS ANY CHRISTIAN TO LIVE IN GREAT BRITAIN AND THEY DIDN’T WANT WEISSMAN FORCING THEM TO SETTLE IN THE JUDEAN DESERT OR TILL THE ORANGE GROVES OF JAFFA AND SEVERAL MILITARY LEADERS ALSO OPPOSED THE DECORATION, ARGUING THAT DECLARATION TO SATISFY THEM, NEW LINES WHAT ADDED TO THE TEXT ONE GUARANTEEING THE RIGHTS OF JEWS WHO WISHED TO REMAIN IN THEIR CURRENT COUNTRIES >> WHAT THE BALFOUR DECLARATION DOES IS THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME A MAJOR POWER IN THE WORLD COMES FORWARD IN A PUBLIC WAY AND SAYS, WE RECOGNIZE THE RIGHT THAT THE JEWS CLAIM FOR THEMSELVES REMEMBER, THE BALFOUR DECLARATION DOESN’T EXPLAIN ITSELF IT DOESN’T MENTION HIS CUL RIGHTS HISTORICAL RIGHTS IT DOESN’T MENTION DIVINE PROVIDENCE IT IS SIMPLY A STATEMENT OF INTENT SO IT MAKES NO JUSTIFICATION FOR ITSELF IN SOME WAYS, THAT THE POETIC VIRTUE OF THE BALFOUR DECLARATION THE JEWS HAVE THIS RIGHT IT CANNOT BE EXPRESSED IN A FORMULA IT CANNOT BE BOILED DOWN TO SOME GLIB SENTENCE OR TWO IT’S FUNDAMENTAL >> Chris: COMING UP, THE BALFOUR DECLARATION GETS SIGNED AND SENT AROUND THE WORLD >> Chris: THE BALFOUR DECLARATION CAME DURING THE TUMULTUOUS HISTORY OF WORLD WAR I, AND THE CHANGING GEOPOLITICS OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND IT HELPED SET THE STAGE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE JEWISH STATE MORE THAN 40 YEARS LATER >> Gordon: ON NOVEMBER 2nd, 1917, THE FINAL LETTER, SIGNED BY BALFOUR, WAS SENT TO LORD ROTHSCHILD A WEEK AFTER THAT, IT WAS PUBLISHED IN NEWSPAPERS AROUND THE WORLD LEAFLETS OF THE TEXT WERE THEN AIR DROPPED OVER JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GERMANY, AUSTRIA, AND PARTS OF RUSSIA IN BRITAIN, STILL IN THE THROES OF A WORLD WAR, REACTION TO THE LETTER WAS UNDEUNDERWHELMING >> WHEN THE GOVERNMENT DID IT, IT DIDN’T REALLY REALIZE A GREAT DEAL OF INTEREST THE BALFOUR DECLARATION MEANT SO MUCH MORE IN SO MANY OTHER COUNTRIES, OTHER THAN BRITAIN >> Gordon: IN PALESTINE, THE ARABS MORE THAN MADE UP FOR THE BRITISH RESPONSE, WITH RIOTS, BOYCOTTS, AND ATTACKS ON JEWISH SETTLEMENTS >> IT WAS THE JEWS WHO MADE THE MOST OF THE OPPORTUNITY, AND THE ARABS WHO MADE THE LEAST OF THE OPPORTUNITY THAT WAS PRESENTED TO THEM, ALSO, IN THE BALFOUR DECLARATION IF THEY HAD EXCEEDED TO THE CREATION OF A NATIONAL HOME IN PARAMETERS THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN IN NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE JEWS, INSTEAD OF IN

RESISTANCE TO THE JEWS, PERHAPS WE WOULD LIVE IN A DIFFERENT REALITY TODAY BUT THEY REJECTED THE BALFOUR DECLARATION, THEY REJECTED THE MANDATE AND THE PARTITION PLAN, AND ULTIMATELY PAID THE PRICE FOR THAT REJECTION >> Gordon: THREE YEARS AFTER THE DECLARATION WAS PUBLISHED, THE ALLIES GATHERED IN SAN RAMO, ITALY, TO DIVIDE THE LAND THEY CONQUERED IN WORLD WAR I UNDER THE SA SAN RAMO TREATY, THE BRITISH WERE OBLIGATED TO FULFILL THE PROMISE OF THE BALFOUR DECLARATION, AND FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE, WHAT WAS ONCE A DREAM WAS NOW PART OF INTERNATIONAL LAW >> I’M VERY PROUD OF IT, REALLY, BECAUSE IT WAS A TREMENDOUS HUMANITARIAN GESTURE AT THE END OF THE DAY IT WAS TAKING A PEOPLE WHO WERE CONSTANTLY PERSECUTED IN ALL CORNERS OF THE EARTH, AND AT THAT TIME PARTICULARLY IN RUSSIA, AND FINDING THEM SOMEWHERE TO GO AND LIVE, A REFUGE, A PLACE WHERE INDIGENOUSLY THE JEWS CAME FROM ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE >> Gordon: TWO MONTHS AFTER THE SAN RAMO CONFERENCE, THE BRITISH TOOK CONTROL OF PALESTINE BUT IT WOULD BE ANOTHER THREE DECADES AFTER THE BALFOUR DECLARATION BEFORE THE JEWS WOULD HAVE THEIR STATE >> THE JEWS NEEDED A HOME IN WHICH TO SURVIVE AND THEY FOUGHT TO ACHIEVE IT AND SOMETIMES THEY FOUGHT AGAINST THE BRITISH TO ACHIEVE IT THE BALFOUR DECLARATION WAS AN OPENING, BUT IT WAS THE JEWS WHO KEPT THE PROMISE OF THE BA BALFOUR DECLARATION, NOT THE BRITISH IT WAS THE JEWS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN >> Chris: JUST OVER FOUR DECADES AFTER THE BALFOUR DECLARATION, THE MODERN THE STATE OF ISRAEL WAS BORN, AND THE 67 WORDS OF THE DECLARATION PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN THAT BIRTH, AND IT STILL RESONATES TODAY IF YOU’D LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE FOUNDING OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL, YOU CAN LOG ON TO OUR WEBSITE AT cbnnews.com, AND LOOK FOR THE DOCUMENTARY “THE HOPE.” THAT’S ALL FOR THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF “JERUSALEM DATELINE.” THANKS FOR JOINING US REMEMBER, YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON Facebook,TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, AND YouTube I’M CHRIS MITCHELL, AND WE’LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME ON “JERUSALEM DATELINE.” “700 CLUB INTERACTIVE,” NOVEMBER 21, 2017 “700 CLUB INTERACTIVE.”