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Brits support Balfour

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-11-07

Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Over half of all people in Britain welcome the statement that the UK Government should use its power to support the ideals of the Balfour Declaration.

The Declaration from November 1917 committed the Government to supporting a Jewish homeland while providing civil and religious rights to non-Jewish communities in Israel.

The survey undertaken on behalf of BICOM found that 73% of people who responded said the Balfour Declaration from 1917 was a good model for what should happen in the Middle East today.

“We should be heartened by this reminder that non-Jewish Brits still support the right of the Jewish people to have a homeland," said BICOM chief executive Lorna Fitzsimons. "Ninety years ago the British government set out a radical model for a Jewish state living in peace alongside its neighbours. After all these years, this model still holds true and is the best chance we have for peace in the Middle East."

The survey of 1005 individuals was conducted by Populus for BICOM between on November 1 and 2.