Roth­schild hails ‘mir­a­cle’ of Bal­four let­ter

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BYDANIELSUGARMAN

LORD ROTH­SCHILD has de­scribed the Bal­four Dec­la­ra­tion, ad­dressed to his great-un­cle 100 years ago, as “one of the­mos­tex­traor­di­nary­mo­mentsinthe his­tory of the Jewish peo­ple”.

The peer, a mem­ber of the fa­mous bank­ing­fam­ily,de­scribedthe­land­mark doc­u­ment, which ex­pressed Bri­tain’s sup­port for a Jewish home­land in Pales­tine, as a “mir­a­cle” brought about by “an in­cred­i­ble piece of op­por­tunism”.

Lord Roth­schild made the re­marks in an in­ter­view with Daniel Taub, the for­mer Is­raeli am­bas­sador to Bri­tain, to mark the cen­te­nary of the Dec­la­ra­tion, which was signed by Lord Bal­four, the For­eignSec­re­tary,in­Novem­ber1917,and sent to the sec­ond Baron Roth­schild.

“You think how did this mir­a­cle hap­pen? This is per­haps the great­est event in Jewish life for thou­sands of years, and it’s a mir­a­cle that it took place.”

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