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The letter that led to the founding of Israel | Featured Documentary

• by Al Jazeera English

The British government issued a public statement that contained a letter from Foreign Minister Arthur Balfour to Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community. He forwarded it to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland. It began, "His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people" and was the first public statement of support for Zionism by a major political power.