Commenting upon the assurances given by British statesmen at the testimonial dinner tendered in London to Lord Balfour, Judge William M. Lewis, National Chairman of the United Palestine Appeal, declared that the Jewish people in the United States have always’ relied upon the British Government to fulfill its promises to facilitate the establishment of the Jewish Homeland and to carry out the terms of the Mandate granted to it by the League of Nations.
Declaring that the reiteration by the British Government of its pledge to aid the Jewish people is in line with Britain’s historically favorable attitude to the Jews, Judge Lewis said:
“England, in whom the Jewish people have always placed their sincerest trust for the fulfillment of Jewish hopes in regard to the establishment in Palestine of the Jewish Homeland, has answered her critics and justified the faith in her by the Jewish people. During the last decade the criticism has been leveled at various times and by various persons that England is not fulfilling her obligations in Palestine, that she is not keeping her promise to the Jewish people.
“With this statement by Lord Balfour, delivered at an historic occasion and at an appropriate time when criticism against England was most heated, the Jewish people are convinced that Palestine could have no better Mandatory Power over itseli than Great Britain. Lord Balfour’s statement that the Jewish people are doing their full share in Palestine, and that the British Government would also do its full share is significant in the face of those who have contended that merely political expediency demands that Britain shall speak of Palestine as the Jewish Homeland.
“The official declaration made last Thursday by Lord Balfour is regarded among the Jewish people as of great significance almost as the Balfour Declaration itself.”