Palestinian News Item
Fatah calls on Britain to “correct the historical mistake” of the Balfour Declaration
Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida - Apr. 2, 2017
: “The European Union condemns: New settlement construction will destroy the hope for the two-state solution”
“The Fatah Movement welcomed the international positions condemning the settlement colonialism. In a statement by its spokesman in Europe Jamal Nazzal, Fatah said that immediate recognition of the State of Palestine is the only logical and effective response to the settlement colonialism… Fatah expressed its appreciation for the position of British Secretary [of State for] Foreign [and Commonwealth Affairs] Boris Johnson regarding Israel’s announcement of the construction of 2,000 housing units in the settlements in the West Bank. It called on Britain to correct the historical mistake - the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) - and to recognize the State of Palestine.”
The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.