(JNS.org) The historic
Balfour Declaration will, for the first time, leave Britain and be presented to
the Israeli public, Israel Hayom
Lord Arthur James Balfour. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Lord Arthur James Balfour’s declaration, made
in November 1917, was the Zionist movement’s watershed diplomatic achievement,
marking the first time that the idea of the need for a national home for the
Jewish people in Israel was recognized by an international power.
The document will be put on display at the
reopening of Independence Hall in Tel Aviv, where David Ben-Gurion declared the
establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, in two year’s time following
renovations to the building.
Israeli Cabinet Secretary Zvi Hauser
announced Sunday that following lengthy negotiations he had received in recent
days a principle agreement from the directors of the British National Library
to loan the document to Israel on a limited basis, based on conditions to be
determined by the library to ensure that the paper is preserved.