|Chaim Weizmann was a major influence on Arthur Balfour. A member of the House of Lords asked him one day, “Why do you Jews insist on Palestine when there are so many undeveloped countries you could settle in more conveniently?” Weizmann said: “That is like my asking you why you drove twenty miles to visit your mother last Sunday when there are so many old ladies living on your street.”
This rather amusing anecdote actually carries a profound truth. The reason the Land of Israel is so important to the Jewish people is because of ‘relationship’. After all, it is a land promised by God Himself and a ‘right’ given by God that dates back 3,000 years. That is why the Balfour Declaration was so important. It gave political recognition to this Biblical right. Therefore, it has been important to celebrate what the British Government did 100 years ago this week. Sadly, our media, and even some current politicians, have failed to fully understand this relationship that Jews have with the land. Consequently, it appears to them that the Balfour Declaration was a divisive act. Nothing could be further from the truth. Yet, we know that according to Genesis 12:3, there are two opposite attitudes towards Israel, one leading to blessing and another leading to cursing.
We give thanks for the way in which Britain has demonstrated support for Israel this week. Let us continue to pray for our Government, for our media, and for the Church that there will be a new revelation on Israel. And may we see the blessing of standing with Israel pour out across this nation.