PROGRAM DETAILS

The Balfour Declaration: An Essential Document that Led to the Establishment  of Israel or to Conflicts in the Region - or Both?

Instructor
Ralph Nurnberger
Category
Jewish Culture & History / History
WPL03061

Course Description

It is impossible to comprehend the current conflicts in the Middle East without an understanding of the Balfour Declaration as well as other events that took place during World War I. On November 2, 1917, British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour signed a one sentence letter containing 67 words, declaring that “His Majesty’s Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object …" Palestine was then an Ottoman region with a minority Jewish population. In what can be described as double, triple and quadruple dealing, the British also made promises to Arab leaders; French diplomats and even sought a deal with the Ottomans. This presentation will cover the fascinating cast of characters involved in the secret negotiations and pledges, as well as how the results directly affect the current conflicts in the region.

About the Instructor

  • Ralph Nurnberger, PhD is a widely acclaimed speaker who brings humor, current political insights and historical background to his presentations. He taught History and International Relations at Georgetown University for 38 years. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003. Nurnberger has given talks on a wide range of historical and political topics for the Lifelong Learning Program at Florida Atlantic University’s Boca and Jupiter campuses, where his talks frequently sell out. Nurnberger served on the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; as a Legislative Liaison for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee(AIPAC); as Executive Director of Builders for Peace (which had been established to assist the Arab-Israeli Peace Process); and as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He is a Senior Partner in Nurnberger & Associates, Inc. He received his BA from Queens College, his MA from Columbia University and his PhD from Georgetown University.