BOOKS: The Balfour Declaration -- The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. By Jonathan Schneer
The Balfour Declaration -- The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Jonathan Schneer Anchor Canada (Random House), Toronto, 2012.
Review by Jim Miles
Apr. 2, 2012 (Palestine Chronicle) -- This is the best that academic political history gets.
More than simply the dates and the ‘facts’, Jonathan Schneer is able to give some personality to the characters involved, including the all-too-human factors of lying, deceit, and manipulation that many political histories miss. The title, given to the letter that carried the name, The Balfour Declaration covers all the actors in the scene from the European empires, the Ottoman empire, the European Zionists, and the Arab politicians of the Middle East.
Lord Balfour himself certainly played a large part in the affairs of the world during that epoch, but the declaration itself owes its existence to these many other players and their machinations within the destructive chaos of World War I.