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‘Le Monde’ is revisionist on Balfour Declaration

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Most histories I’ve read portray the Balfour Declaration of 11/2/1917 as a great act of charity or philosemitic vision. This piece in Le Monde Diplomatique, translated at the behest of Antony Loewenstein, portrays it as a gambit of power politics. I think the author, Alain Gresh, is leaving out the financial angle, the war bonds […]

Even Balfour supported equal rights for Palestinians

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Jack Ross takes on Professor Eliav Shuchtman’s belief that Israel should not be a state of all its citizens: The references to Israel not being “a state of all its citizens” as a principle of international law are clearly alluding…

Peretz and Goldberg Get Obama to Renew the Balfour Declaration

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I’m still mulling Marty Peretz’s longish phone conversation with Obama about Israel, also Jeffrey Goldberg’s longish interview with the candidate. One of the weird things about both conversations is the sense that Goldberg and Peretz are extracting a promise from…