Q. Did the Balfour Declaration really talk about the “country” of Palestine in 1917?

A. Yes. The following is the Balfour Declaration in full, in between the tear lines:

November 2nd, 1917

Dear Lord Rothschild,

I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet.

“His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours 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.”

I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.

Yours sincerely,

Arthur James Balfour

Balfour, Arthur James. The Balfour Declaration. The Avalon Project. Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School, 2 November 1917. Web. 17 June 2016. ‹http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/balfour.asp

Balfour, Arthur James. The Balfour Declaration, 2 November 1917, and associated commentary. The Balfour Project. Web. 17 June 2016. ‹http://www.balfourproject.org/the-balfour-declaration/

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