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PA Minister of Foreign Affairs demands Britain take responsibility for the Balfour Declaration, which “was the main reason for the official establishment of the State of Israel in 1948”
Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency - Nov. 1, 2016
 






Headline: “Al-Malki demands of Britain that it not participate in [the celebrations of the] 100th [anniversary] of the Balfour [Promise]”
       “[PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki demanded that Britain recognize the State of Palestine, support giving full membership to Palestine in the UN, and not participate in the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration). This was during an official visit in London, the capital of Britain, which will last two days and which Al-Malki began with a meeting with his counterpart, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson…
Al-Malki referred to the proposed resolution that will be raised before the [UN] Security Council, which deals with ending the construction in the settlements. He requested of Mr. Johnson that Britain support this proposed resolution. Likewise, Al-Malki spoke about the French Initiative and its importance in advancing the peace process, and about the importance of the existence of a British role and support so that this initiative will succeed…
At the end of the meeting, Al-Malki spoke about the position of the PA regarding the participation of Britain in marking [the anniversary] of the Balfour Promise. He demanded of his British counterpart that Britain not participate in the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of this ominous promise. Likewise, he demanded of him that an official British position be taken and that the government of Britain bear the moral and historical responsibility for this promise, which was the main reason for the official establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 and its consequences: the uprooting of the Palestinian people from its land, and its expulsion to all parts of the world.”

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.

The French Initiative – A peace initiative proposed by the French PM Hollande’s government in 2015 aimed at reviving peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. A one-day summit was held in Paris on June 3, 2016, attended by foreign ministers of the US, EU countries, and several Arab countries, for the purpose of advancing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. At the end of the summit, participants issued a joint communique supporting a negotiated two-state solution and proposing an international conference before the end of the year. Israelis and Palestinians did not participate in this first summit, the purpose of which was to establish a framework for renewed negotiations between the two.

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