The Ambiguity of the Balfour Declaration: Who caused it and why? Paperback – 24 May 2013
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About the Author
Kathy Durkin holds a Ph.D. in Cross Cultural Communication and Critical Thinking from Bournemouth University, and a Masters Research in Jewish History and Culture from Southampton University. At the time of writing she was a Senior Lecturer in Research Methodology at Bournemouth University.
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With a particular focus on this aspect, Kathy Durkin's well researched, scholarly book highlights the ambiguities and the internecine struggles which were particularly noticeable between political and cultural Zionism. If these issues had been resolved before the second world war, and the Jewish homeland re-established much earlier on its ancient soil,then the horrors that the twentieth century brought to the Jewish people might well have been mollified.
This is an important, even unique contribution to a shortly to be remembered event of one hundred years ago. A centenary which Kathy Durkin's book reminds the reader is just as relevant today with all its consequences for Israel and the surrounding nations.
The book is a scholarly exposition of the political, cultural and social pressures which led to the drafting and sebsequent revisions of the Balfour Declaration. It reveals the British government's attempt to win favour with the Arab block, as well as that of the Jewish diaspora, while achieving its own political goals in the Middle East, failing, in the process, to accept the saying 'You can please some of the people all the time, you can please all the people some of the time, but you can't please all the people all the time'. The ambiguity in the wording of this Declaration appears to have been the British government's unsuccessful attempt to circumvent this saying.
As regards the position of Jewish diaspora, its various camps and shifts of opinion concerning the Zionist movement, perhaps the line 'if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?' explains why the movement was so slow to gain momentum.