100 Years Since the Balfour Declaration

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Interviews with Experts

Dr. Jacques Gauthier Prof. Andrew Roberts Col. Richard Kemp Prof. Ruth Lapidoth Amb. Alan Baker Amb. Daniel Taub
Dr. Jacques Gauthier Prof. Andrew Roberts Col. Richard Kemp Prof. Ruth Lapidoth Amb. Alan Baker Amb. Daniel Taub
Conference Videos – February 28, 2017
Refuting Balfour Detractors at the House of Commons
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Conference Videos – February 28, 2017

Opening Remarks

Amb. Dore Gold – President, Jerusalem Center for Public Affair

Opening Remarks

Dr. Michael Borchard – Director, Israel Office of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

The Historical Paths to the Balfour Declaration

Prof. Andrew Roberts – Department of War Studies, King’s College, London; and Founding Member, Friends of Israel Initiative

Israel as a Strategic Asset to Britain

Col. Richard Kemp – Former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan

Was the Declaration a Legally Binding Document?

Prof. Ruth Lapidoth – Hebrew University, Israel Prize recipient

The Continued Relevance of the Balfour Declaration

Prof. Nicholas Rostow – Colgate University

From the 1917 Balfour Declaration to the Rebirth of Israel in 1948 – Connecting the Dots from the Perspective of International Law

Dr. Jacques Gauthier – International lawyer and scholar, served as legal counsel to the governments of France, Spain, Mexico and Canada

From the Balfour Declaration to a Palestinian State?

Moshe Arens – Former Israeli Minister of Defense and Foreign Affairs

Lessons for Diplomats from the Balfour Declaration

Amb. Daniel Taub – Director of Strategy and Planning at the Yad Hanadiv (Rothschild) Foundation in Jerusalem

How the Palestinians View the Balfour Declaration Today

Brig. Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser – Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Refuting Balfour Detractors at the House of Commons

Jerusalem Center Experts Refute Balfour Declaration Detractors at the UK House of Commons

On November 29, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and The Henry Jackson Society co-sponsored a standing-room-only event at the British House of Commons to refute Palestinian attempts to demand nullification of the Balfour Declaration.

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Balfour Declaration

Copy of the Balfour Declaration sent to Lord Walter Rothschild, November 2, 1917

Conference Participants

Prof. Andrew Roberts read modern history at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, from where he is an honorary senior scholar and PhD. He has written twelve books. He is a founding member of the Friends of Israel Initiative. In 2016 he won the Bradley Prize.
Col. Richard Kemp
has spent most of his life combating terrorism and insurgency. He was Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan in 2003 and between 1979 and 2006 commanded troops on operations in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East.
Prof. Ruth Lapidoth
served as a member of Israeli diplomatic delegations to the United Nations General Assembly and to international committees. She participated in the negotiations for the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt and for the establishment of the multinational force in Sinai. In 2006 Lapidoth won the Israel Prize for Legal Research for her academic and public work.
Prof. Nicholas Rostow
is Charles Evans Hughes Visiting Professor of Government and Jurisprudence at Colgate University. He teaches courses in international law and American foreign policy. In addition, he is a Senior Research Scholar at the Yale Law School.
Dr. Jacques Gauthier
is the principal and founder of Gauthier & Associates, an international law firm established in Toronto, Canada, in 1984. He has spent decades promoting the legitimacy of the Jewish claim to Jerusalem under international law.
Moshe Arens
taught aeronautics at the Technion. From 1962 until 1971 he was Deputy Director General at Israel Aircraft Industries, and won the Israel Defense Prize in 1971. He served as Israel's Ambassador to the U.S., 1982-83; Minister of Defense, 1983-84, 1990-92, 1999; Minister without Portfolio, 1984-88; and Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1988-90.
Amb. Daniel Taub
is an Israeli diplomat and international lawyer. He served as the Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2011 until 2015 and is currently Director of Strategy and Planning of the Yad Hanadiv foundation.
Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser
is Director of the Project on Regional Middle East Developments at the Jerusalem Center. He was formerly Director General of the Israel Ministry of Strategic Affairs and head of the Research Division of IDF Military Intelligence.