Wednesday, 20 March 2013

"International Jewry is a power after all"

Chaim Weizmann

According to the January 16, 1920 edition of the Judische Rundschau (Jewish Review) a Zionist newspaper published in Berlin: During a speech in Jerusalem in December 1919, Chaim Weizmann, who months later would become president of the (World) Zionist Organisation, stated the following:
Lloyd George once said: I know the Palestinian front much better than I know the French front, for every patch of land and every stream is familiar to me from the Bible. Palestine is, above all, a matter of the Bible for England. The English believe in the Bible more than many groups in Jewry.  Thus, first came the idealistic grounds [for the decision to issue the Balfour Declaration], and only afterwards the material. We are the ones who have made clear to the English political leadership that it was in England's interest to join with us, to spread the British protectorate over Palestine. We reached the [Balfour] Declaration not by miracles, but through persistent propaganda, through unceasing demonstration of the life force of our people. We told the responsible authorities: We will establish ourselves in Palestine whether you like it or not. You can hasten our arrival or you can equally retard it. It is however better for you to help us so as to avoid our constructive powers being turned into a destructive power which will overthrow the world.
We demand neither a charter nor concessions, but rather a complete national edifice that meets the following preconditions: the right to acquisition of ownerless land, the facilitation of land acquisition in general, the prerogative of developing public works, complete autonomy in the spiritual and intellectual sphere, and last not least, a direct influence upon the English administration in the territory.  The regulation of immigration by us is, for us, likewise an unconditional demand. 
 — Judische Rundschau, January 16, 1920 (No. 4).

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