Ambiguous Promises

The Balfour Declaration
The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Jonathan Schneer
Random House, $30, 432 pp.

Jonathan Schneer, professor of British history at Georgia Tech University, has written two books, not one. The first, an account of what has been called the “Arab Awakening,” tells the story of the effort by a few distinguished and brave Arabs during the Great War to create, with British help, an Arab kingdom out of the failing Ottoman Empire. The second describes the simultaneous activity of the new Zionist movement to win support from Britain for a Jewish commonwealth in Palestine. To...

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About the Author

Joseph D. Becker, a founding partner of Becker, Glynn, Melamed and Muffly, a Manhattan law firm, is author of The American Law of Nations (Judis).