Winston Churchill

British Prime Minister

From an address to the House of Commons May 23, 1939 by Winston Churchill (1874-1965) opposing a limit on Jewish immigration to Palestine imposed by Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. Churchill took over the premiership in 1940.

It was…on the basis of [The Balfour Declaration] that…after the war we received from the Allied and Associated Powers the Mandate for Palestine…Either there will be a Britain which knows how to keep its word on the Balfour Declaration and is not afraid to do so, or believe me, we shall find ourselves relieved of many overseas responsibilities other than those comprised within the Palestine Mandate.

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