Reviewed by Jim Miles
(Balfour’s Shadow – A Century of British Support for Zionism and Israel. David Cronin. Pluto Press, London. 2017.)
The Balfour Declaration, currently accepted by many as the founding legal statement for the establishment of Israel is really nothing more than a letter. It was a letter of policy between government personnel and became a major part of foreign policy then, and its shadow effects have continued on rather effectively to now. Balfour’s Shadow is a well written outline of the history of events after the letter: the immediate short term effects on British policy after WW I; the medium range policies that continued until after WW II; up to Britain’s current policy of advocating for and dealing with Israel. It is not a pretty story.
The letter was not necessarily well intended. Balfour…
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