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1937 PM of Great Britain at the time of the Balfour Declaration

David Lloyd George“There could be no doubt as to what the Cabinet then had in their minds. It was not their idea that a Jewish state should be set up immediately by the peace treaty without reference to the wishes of the majority of the inhabitants. On the other hand, it was contemplated that when the time arrived for according representative institutions to Palestine, if the Jews had meanwhile responded to the opportunity afforded them by the idea of a national home and had become a definite majority of the inhabitants, then Palestine would thus become a Jewish commonwealth. The notion that Jewish immigration would have to be artificially restricted in order to ensure that the Jews should be a permanent minority never entered into the heads of anyone engaged in framing the policy. That would have been regarded as unjust and as a fraud on the people to whom we were appealing.”

Source: Royal (Peel) Commission of 1937. Report of the Palestine Royal (Peel) Commission, Cmd. 5479, 1937, Chapter II, paragraph 20, quoted from Report of a Committee set up to consider Certain Correspondence Between Sir Henry Mc Mahon [HIS MAJESTY’S HIGH COMMISSIONER IN EGYPT] and The Sharif of Mecca in 1915 and 1916 March 16, 1939 Cmd. 5974)

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