Yesterday, most of the international news agencies did release the following: “Great Britain recognize Palestine as a Sovereign State as per a Parliamentary vote by an overwhelming majority of 274 in favour, 12 against and the abstention of the remaining members including the Prime Minister David Cameron”!
The first reading of such event (especially now as wars are roaring in and about the entire Middle East along with the much irritated uncovered nerves of both the Israelis and the Palestinians) may bring some tranquility among Arab populations and Governments. However, the British Government’s official stand cannot, and will not, change. Britain will continue sustaining the “Peace Process” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
In anyway, this vote is a step of an important symbolic value; because it is the first time ever that a European member of the Western Alliance, an active participant in all NATO actions around the globe, votes for the recognition of Palestine as an Independent Sovereign State.
Sure it looks good as a significant breakthrough of the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) into the inner rooms of British policymaking; but not everything that shines is GOLD. My reading is somewhat different.. I see a tactful political move to absorb the growing wave of Arab/Muslim anger over the Western Alliance, including the Her Majesty’s government, reluctance to intervene positively and justly in the Middle East or elsewhere in the Muslim world. In brief, Great Britain is afraid and by such a vote sends a message to ISIL and its potential new recruits on British soil.
The galactic irony lies in the paradox that on November the 2nd of 97 years ago, the very same government (only then it was His Majesty’s) promised Palestine as a “national home for the Jewish people” through the famous Foreign Office letter, forwarded to Lord Rothschild, urging him to “…bring this declaration to the Zionist Federation”! The letter that came to be known as the Balfour Declaration.
Pass On The Word.
PS: Mr. Robert John, the distinguished historian revisionist from the Institute for Historic Review, teaches us that “attempts to review historical records impartially often reveal that blame, culpability, or dishonor are not to be attached wholly to one side in the conflicts of the last hundred years. To seek to untangle fact from propaganda is a worthy study, for it increases understanding of how we got where we are and it should help people resist exploitation by powerful and destructive interests in the present and future, by exposing their working in the past”.
Here are the text of the declaration and the original letter signed by Lord Arthur James BALFOUR.
November 2nd, 1917
Dear Lord Rothschild,
I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty's Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet.
"His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country."
I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.
Arthur James Balfour