On November 2nd 1917 Sir Arthur James Balfour, the foreign secretary in Lloyd George’s Liberal government, sent the completed draft of what has become known as the Balfour Treaty to Lionel Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild, a British banker, zoologist and Zionist activist who, along with Zionists Chaim Weizmann and Nahum Sokolow, helped draft the declaration much as lobbyists today draft bills for legislators to submit. As such, the declaration was in line with European Zionist leaders’ hopes and designs for a homeland in Palestine, Rothschild and others believed would be realized through intense immigration of Jews around the world to Palestine.
The Declaration was controversial from the start, and chiefly due to its own imprecise and contradictory wording. The imprecision and contradictions were, however, deliberate—an indication of the wiliness of Lloyd George’s government, which did not want to be on the hook for the fate of Arabs and Jews in Palestine.
The Declaration did not refer to Palestine as the site of the Jewish homeland, but that of a Jewish homeland. That left Britain’s commitment to an independent Jewish nation very much open to question. That opening was exploited by subsequent interpreters of the Declaration, who claimed that it was never intended as an endorsement of a uniquely Jewish state. Rather, that Jews would establish a homeland in Palestine alongside Palestinians and other Arabs established there for almost two millennia.
The second part of the Declaration — that “nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of the existing non-Jewish communities” — has been read by Arabs as an endorsement of Arab autonomy and rights, an endorsement believed to be as valid as that proffered on behalf of Jews. Britain would, in fact, exercise its League of Nations mandate over Palestine to protect Arab rights, at times at the expense of Jewish rights. But Britain’s role never ceased to be fundamentally contradictory.
It is this contradiction that I believe has caused the curse on our nation mentioned in Genesis 12:3. The British aligned themselves with the Arab nations in return for oil due to the need we had as a nation. There was a lack of belief in a God that can bless beyond human understanding. It is this lack of belief that I also feel has opened the door in this country to Islam. Islam has gained a foothold in this nation because of the above facts outlined. I pray earnestly for our nation to fall in repentance and for those in government to have a God given revelation of His power and might so that we as a nation can become the country He intended for His purposes.