Talk:Balfour Declaration

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No mention of Israel Zangwill and his Territorialists movement, which I think may have been somewhat more important to the background of Balfour's process in his dealing with Lord Rothschild via this letter and subsequent interpretations of what the declaration meant. IMO [1] Petedavo talk contributions 05:44, 6 May 2016 (UTC)


  1. ^ 05 Dec 1919 - MR. ZANGWILL'S SPEECH. - Trove - 05 Dec 1919 - MR. ZANGWILL'S SPEECH. - The Hebrew Standard of Australasia (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1953) via @TroveAustralia

Which Declaration?[edit]

I noticed when searching newspaper archives that Lord Balfour made many Declarations. The greatest number of newspaper stories emanate from his Declarations on Tariffs, especially the declaration made in 1910 [1] Have you discussed putting a date on this, because he made so many "Declarations" that it's a bit of a joke about Lord Balfour's fondness for making them? Petedavo talk contributions 06:19, 6 May 2016 (UTC)

Read the discussions for 2 weeks ago - GalatzTalk 13:17, 6 May 2016 (UTC)

Only talks about two of his declarations on Palestine (there were three), but then he's most famous for his Declarations on Tarrifs prior to this. Maybe this artivle should have (Palestine) after rather than a date, and his one on Tarrifs (Tarriofs) etc? Petedavo talk contributions 05:05, 11 May 2016 (UTC)


Suez Canal[edit]

Israel was turned into a state to protect the Rothschild barons' 1875 bond loan which funded the purchase of the Suez Canal. The Israeli army rolled down the Sinai Peninsula to take control of the Eastern part of the Suez Canal, in 1956, with the Suez Crisis, when Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal. From the Rothschild Bank's old history page: "And still there were great moments, like the decisively swift and secret raising of finance by Lionel de Rothschild in 1875 to enable the British government to acquire a major interest in the Suez Canal." — Preceding unsigned comment added by MrSativa (talkcontribs) 30 November 2016 (UTC)

This sounds like fantasy. It is highly unlikely the loan was outstanding for 80 years. According to the Rothschild archive, the loan was repaid in 4 months. Oncenawhile (talk) 11:50, 1 December 2016 (UTC)

McMahon in lede[edit]

@No More Mr Nice Guy: re the section you added back into the lede, it is much too much detail on the McMahon letters for an article on the Balfour Declaration. Also, the sentence "The British claimed that the McMahon letters did not apply to Palestine, therefore the Declaration could not be a violation of the previous agreement" is a poor summary of the facts - as the McMahon article says, the British originally said Palestine was included, and even when they changed their mind about "intent" the conclusion of the 1939 committee re the actual legal commitment was along the lines of "it's complicated". Oncenawhile (talk) 07:46, 9 January 2017 (UTC)