Lord Balfour and his Declaration. (Wikipedia)

Learn everything you need to know about the Balfour Declaration as Israel gets ready to celebrate the historic document’s 100th anniversary.

This Thursday, Israel and the United Kingdom will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, which was originally a historic letter sent by then-UK foreign secretary Arthur Balfour to British Jewish leader Lord Walter Rothschild. In the letter, Balfour told Rothschild that His Majesty’s government “view[ed] with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”

This was a major turning point in the recognition by the international community of the Jewish people’s historic right to the Land of Israel.

Watch this video to get a better understanding of the historic correspondence that helped usher in Israel’s independence in 1948.