From Balfour to Begin 1917 – 1977
British Foreign Minister Arthur James Balfour/Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. Zionist Archives and

Ken Stein

Coincidently during the month of November, occurring over a sixty year period, four important benchmarks were passed in Zionist history and the Jewish quest for statehood and recognition: The 1917 Balfour Declaration1947 UN Partition Resolution, 1967 United Nations Resolution 242, and Menachem Begin’s 1977 Knesset speech responding to Egyptian President Sadat’s historic visit to Jerusalem.  Reading the documents and their contextual introductions provides an easy and comprehensive perspective to Israel’s modern history.