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Fatah official: Britain must correct “historical mistake” of the Balfour Declaration

“Fatah Central Committee member and the [Fatah] Movement’s Commissioner of National Relations (i.e., between Hamas and Fatah) Azzam Al-Ahmad briefed British Consul-General [to Jerusalem] Philip Hall and Italian Consul General Fabio Sokolowicz on the latest political developments regarding the [Hamas-Fatah] reconciliation… Al-Ahmad demanded that his British guest correct his country’s historical mistake, which was expressed in the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), and recognize the independent State of Palestine.”

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.” In 1922, the League of Nations adopted this and made the British Mandate “responsible for putting into effect the declaration,” which led to the UN vote in 1947 and the establishment of the State of Israel.

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