In what ways did developments in Palestine in the years 1917-48 bring about the creation of the state of Israel?
The Balfour declaration of 1917 showed strong support of a Jewish island by Britain. Although Britain was clearly pro- Zionist during 1917, the prospect of a Jewish homeland was unlikely, nationalist Arabs would have strongly rejected such an idea. However the Balfour declaration represented a step forward for the Jews towards a Jewish homeland being formed. The British were obliged to the support the Jewish cause from this point onwards, and with the support of a powerful nation, this was always going to be a positive stride forward. Because of this, the Balfour declaration is a significant development in the development in the creation of the state of Israel.