'Boris Johnson – the man likely to be Britain’s next prime minister – is widely seen as an elitist buffoon.
By searching a little, it is nonetheless possible to find at least one incisive comment that Johnson has made.
He has described the 1917 Balfour Declaration as “bizarre,” “tragicomically incoherent” and “an exquisite masterpiece of Foreign Office fudgerama.”
Johnson appeared to understand the absurdity of how Arthur James Balfour, Britain’s foreign secretary during the First World War, supported establishing a “Jewish national home” in Palestine, while pretending that the step would not harm the indigenous Palestinians.
“Another way of putting it might be that the British government viewed with favor the eating of a piece of cake by the Jewish people, provided that nothing should be done to prejudice the rights of non-Jewish communities to eat the same piece of cake at the same time,” Johnson has written.
Though perceptive, the comment is contained within an apologia for imperialism. It features in Johnson’s biography of Winston Churchill – a leader with whom he has long been obsessed.
When the comment is read carefully, it becomes apparent that Johnson is not really concerned about the rights of Palestinians – or “non-Jewish communities” as he describes them, echoing the Balfour Declaration itself.
Instead, he is noting that the Balfour Declaration contradicted an earlier pledge granted by Henry McMahon, a senior British diplomat, to Hussein, the custodian – or sharif – of Mecca.
Under that 1915 promise, Britain would support the establishment of what Johnson calls a “big new Arab state stretching from Palestine to Iraq and to the borders with Persia” in the hope that doing so would weaken the Ottoman Empire.'
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