The Balfour declaration was a disappointment for the Zionist organisation in London, as will be seen from the formula which their Political Committee agreed and submitted on July 18 1917.
The text can be found in Weizmann’s autobiography (trial and error, page 256) see below:
‘His Majesty’s Government, after considering the aims of the Zionist Organization, accept the principle of recognizing Palestine as the National Home of the Jewish people and the right of the Jewish people to build up its national life in Palestine under a protection to be established at the conclusion of peace,following upon the successful issue of the war.
His Majesty’s Government regard as essential for the realization of this principle the grant of internal autonomy to the Jewish nationality in Palestine, freedom of immigration for Jews, and the establishment of a Jewish National Colonizing Corporation for the re-establishment and economic development of the country.
The conditions and forms of the internal autonomy and a Charter for the Jewish National Colonizing Corporation should, in the view of His Majesty’s Government, be elaborated in detail and determined with the representatives of the Zionist Organization.’
This is the same Chain Weizmann who wrote of the Jewish settlement, ‘whose loyalty to the democratic cause was not merely verbal, but expressed itself in action’. That the colonization of Palestine was in fact an undemocratic invasion is beyond contradiction. Elsewhere Weizmann shows himself to be contemptuous of the Arabs. but, for those unclear about Zionism’s motivations the above text is crystal; not a mention, not a reference, to the 93% of the population who were not Jewish. It was to be a ‘colonizing’ project, without regard for the indigenous peoples. This draft was submitted to ‘Mr. Balfour’ on July 18th 1917. When, in 2/3 days time there is celebration for the ‘independence’ of israel, we will be wise to reflect, not merely on the cost of Balfour, but on the anti-democratic essence of Zionism.