I don't have neither the time nor the references with me to answer Ed Krauss point by point. He himself ignores lots of facts. Let me just talk briefly about his first point which is a reference to the Balfour Declaration of 1917.
This is what Ed Krauss said about the Balfour Declaration:
First, the entirety of
Before the British sovereignty, the territory was
part of the vast
1. Until December 11, 1917, the year General Allenby entered
2. Since Palestine was still ruled by the Ottomans, who gave the British the
authority to issue any declaration concerning
3. The fact that the Ottomans ruled
4. The Balfour Declaration itself doesn’t say that
5. Furthermore, the Declaration explicitly states: “it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine,” which means no matter how the national home will look like, the civil and religious rights of Muslims and Christians living in Palestine should not be affected.
6. The League of Nations sanctioning the Declaration came much later in 1922
after restricting it to
7. As important is the correspondence between Sir Henry McMahon, the British
High Commissioner to
8. Also, before the Balfour Declaration, the British and the French adopted
the Sykes-Picot Agreement of January 3, 1916 which explicitly stated that
To conclude, the subject of the Balfour Declaration is not as simple as Ed
Krauss make it sound. A lot of under and over the table deals were made, all at
the expense of the indigenous population of
The fact is if the Balfour Declaration is the basis upon which the argument
is built, I am all for it because it simply calls for “a national home for the
Jewish people” nothing more, bearing in mind that this “national home” will be
open for both the indigenous Jews of Palestine and non-indigenous Jews from
The Balfour Declaration didn’t come out of the blue. Long and difficult
negotiations took place between
A lot can be said about what led to the issuing of this Declaration. A series of articles were published in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs explaining the reason why Great Britain which was busy fighting a world war, i.e., World War I, devoted so much time and effort negotiating a Declaration that could have waited the end of the war.
The history of the Balfour Declaration is a sinister history, all the more sinister that these negotiations were going on behind the back of the indigenous population of Palestine who have been affected by it ever since and in contradiction to two previous commitments made by Great Britain to the Arabs through Sharif Husayn and to the French through Sykes-Picot Agreement.