Today in Middle Eastern history: the Balfour Declaration (1917)

I approach these historical pieces with the hope that I won’t shade into politics or advocacy and potentially turn some readers off. But on some topics that becomes almost impossible, and I wouldn’t be keeping up with this history business if I didn’t mention that today is the anniversary of the day in 1917 when British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour sent a letter to Walter Rothschild that would wind up becoming one of the most important short documents of the 20th century, at least insofar as the makeup of the modern Middle East is concerned.

Source: Today in Middle Eastern history: the Balfour Declaration (1917)

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