The future of Palestine

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05 May 2017

May 4th, 1917

WE HAVE spoken of the Turkish Empire as a whole and of the resettlement of its territory which this war brings within view. There are difficulties and delicate problems to be faced everywhere, and in one corner of the Empire a particular question awaits the handling of wise and experienced statesmen. The interest of Palestine is mainly religious, but religion is here inextricably mixed up with matters of international policy. . .

It will be in accordance with the lessons of history if Palestine is annexed to Egypt. And it seems probable that such a course, dictated by military and political considerations, will be found acceptable also on religious grounds. Musulman sentiment will be satisfied if Jerusalem and Hebron are subject to a sultan professing Islam. On the other hand, the British control of Egyptian policy will secure to the Christians of Palestine complete equality of civil and religious rights. And further, the British control will probably be trusted, as it may be confidently expected, to deal even justice to Greeks and Latins. . . Due respect must be shown also to the memories of the Jews. It can hardly be doubted that British control will secure all these things.

 

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