Winston Churchill, 1874-1965

Churchill visited Palestine in March 1921 as the British secretary of state for the colonies and declared that a Jewish national home would be a “blessing to the whole world.” In July 1922, after the House of Lords voted to retract the Balfour Declaration, Churchill persuaded the Commons to maintain support for a Jewish home in Palestine. He argued before the Peel Commission in 1937 that Britain should enable Jewish immigration to achieve a majority.

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