For the document on the Dominions of the British Empire, see Balfour Declaration of 1926.
The original letter from Balfour to Rothschild; the declaration reads: His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.
Created2 November 1917LocationBritish LibraryAuthor(s)Walter Rothschild, Arthur Balfour, Leo Amery, Lord MilnerSignatoriesArthur James BalfourPurposeConfirming support from the British government for the establishment in Palestine of a "national home" for the Jewish people, with two conditionsFull TextBalfour Declaration at Wikisource
The Balfour Declaration was a public statement issued by the British government in 1917 during the First World War announcing its support for the establishment of a "national home for the Jewish people" in Palestine, then an Ottoman region with a small minority Jewish population. The declaration was contained in a letter dated 2 November 1917 from the United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Lord Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community, for transmission to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland. The text of the declaration was published in the press on 9 November 1917.