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“The Balfour Declaration: 100 Years Later”
featuring Members of Congress:
Rep. Trent Franks, Rep. Ron DeSantis, Rep. Lee Zeldin, Rep. Mark Meadows, Rep. Ted Deutch, Rep. Doug Lamborn, Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen, Rep. Brian Babin, Rep. Francis Rooney, Rep. Steve Russell, Rep. Ted Poe, & Rep. Louie Gohmert (more to be confirmed)
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Rayburn House Office Building
Wine & hors d’oeuvres to be served. All dietary laws observed.
The Balfour Declaration is an extremely important document that led to the establishment of the State of Israel. On October 24, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. in Rayburn 2060, EMET plans to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration by hosting an event with Members of Congress to speak about the significance of the Balfour Declaration in today’s current climate, and to express their continued support for the State of Israel.
November 2, 2017 will mark the 100 year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the official British acknowledgment of the need for a national home for the Jewish people and the historical Jewish link to the land upon which the State of Israel would be established. British Foreign Secretary at the time, Lord Arthur James Balfour, wrote a concise letter to Lord Rothschild, a leader of the Jewish community, which expressed “His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”
The great significance of the Balfour Declaration stems essentially from the drawing of most of the map of the Middle East, by the great power of the time – Great Britain. The Balfour Declaration, endorsed by the United States, France and Italy, formalized the international community’s recognition of a Jewish nation and constituted the first step toward the objective of political Zionism as outlined by Theodor Herzl and the First Zionist Congress in 1897.
Thirty years post-Balfour, on November 29, 1947 the United Nations voted to approve the partition resolution, creating a Jewish and an Arab state in Palestine. The partition decision was accepted by Israel but rejected by the Arabs, who responded to Israel’s declaration of independence with war.
President Harry Truman made the United States the first nation on earth to recognize the newly-created Jewish State. Israel came into being on May 14, 1948 not only as a Jewish state, but also as a Democratic state. Like America, Israel is one of the few countries that has known nothing other than democratic rule. Israel’s Declaration of Independence was drawn directly from the American Declaration of Independence, promising full equality for religion, creed, race and sex.
We cordially invite you to participate in this celebration of the beginning of a Jewish homeland – Israel.