This is the controversial history of the British government's involvement in the Zionist project, from the Balfour Declaration in 1917 to the present day.
Written by the British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour, the Declaration stated 'His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object.' Its impact on history has been immense and still reverberates a century later, starting what has been referred to as a hundred years of war against the Palestinian people.
This history focuses on the devastating events which resulted from the Declaration, such as the Arab Revolt, the Nakba and establishment of the state, the 1956 and 1967 wars, the Cold War and the Oslo period. It also shines a light on controversial figures such as Tony Blair. In doing so, Balfour's Shadow provides a fascinating take on this much-contested, important history.
David Cronin is a journalist specialising in European politics. He is the author of Balfour's Shadow (Pluto, 2017), Corporate Europe (Pluto, 2013) and Europe's Alliance With Israel (Pluto, 2010). He has written for a variety of publications, including the Guardian and Wall Street Journal Europe.
Acknowledgements Timeline of key events Text of Balfour Declaration Introduction 1. Laying the foundations 2. Bringing in the Black and Tans 3. `We must shoot to kill' 4. Sowing the seeds of ethnic cleansing 5. Arming Israel (1953-1956) 6. Arming Israel (1957-1979) 7. Sidelining the PLO 8. The loyal lieutenant 9. Partners in crime Postscript: Israel's greatest friend? Notes Index