Abbas: Trump’s “deal of the century is the Balfour Promise,” which “the US and Britain created”
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We consider this deal the culmination of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration). It is what they intended [to reach]… This is the deal of the century that relies on the Balfour Promise, which the US and Britain created.
Some are surprised – the US? Yes, the US and Britain, because the US is the one that formulated [the Balfour Promise] in agreement with Britain… This is the Balfour Promise that America established, and the US has also begun to implement it now…"
Abbas made these remarks in his first response to US President Trump’s revelation of his Middle East peace plan – the deal of the century – on Jan. 28, 2020.
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 favor of partitioning Mandatory Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state in 1947. In response, Britain ended its mandate on May 15, 1948, and the Palestinian Jews, who accepted the Partition Plan, declared the independent State of Israel. The Palestinian Arabs rejected the plan and together with 7 Arab states attacked Israel, in what is now known as Israel's War of Independence.