The Balfour Declaration

Posted On : Nov 14, 2017
By : OEUSA

On November 2, 1917, the Balfour Declaration, a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Lord Rothschild, the president of the British Zionist Federation, publicized Britain's support of a Jewish state in Palestine. That monumental declaration was the outcome of years of diplomatic negotiation. After centuries of living in the diaspora, the Dreyfus Affair in France stunned Jews into realizing they wouldn't be safe from random acts of anti-semitism unless they had their own homeland.

Prominent Jews responded by creating a new approach to political Zionism and concluded that through intense political diplomacy, a Jewish state and homeland could be established. Zionism became a popular idea by the time World War I began. The League of Nations accepted the declaration on July 24, 1922, and was it assigned in the mandate that gave Great Britain brief administrative control of Palestine.

By God’s grace and sovereignty on May 14, 1948, in Tel Aviv, David Ben-Gurion, Chairman of the Jewish Agency proclaimed the State of Israel, establishing the first Jewish state in 2,000 years. The declarations of God remain true forever; just as the rebirth of Israel was foretold and declared by the prophet Isaiah in ancient times. To God be all the glory!

Who has ever seen anything as strange as this? Whoever heard of such a thing? Has a nation ever been born in a single day? Has a country ever come forth in a mere moment? But by the time Jerusalem's birth pains begin, her children will be born. Isaiah 66:8

Steven Harper
Communications Specialist