Tuesday, October 17, 2017

"The Balfour Declaration"

Where in London it's going to be held and who, precisely, will attend is a bit vague as yet, but on Nov. 2, a select group will sit down for dinner festivities marking the 100th anniversary of what came to be known as The Balfour Declaration -- England's backing, with provisos, of the state of Israel. Security will be tight and protesters will be kept at a distance.

I hesitate, based on my ignorance of history, to come out swinging too hard at the genie let out of this regal bottle, but I think it's fair to say that the Palestinians did not fare well under England's largesse. And it seems equally fair to suggest that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not a man to let a political prop go unused.

Aside from anything else, I am astounded at the sweeping brevity -- all 67 words -- of the declaration.

Just because it's 20/20 hindsight doesn't mean that something doesn't suck.


  1. And pop goes the champagne bottle.

  2. Sorry, Genkaku, are you saying that the Balfour Declaration is simply worth noting, reviewing the history of? and reflecting upon, or is really something to celebrate despite the fact that the Palestinian did not fare well and still do not fare well?

    I hope we do not have an increase or terroism or actual violence if the Isrealli do decide to toast that event.