On Wednesday 6th December CMEC hosted Secretary John Kerry at the Institute of Directors, chaired by the BBC's James Landale for a talk to mark the the centenary of the Balfour Declaration and it's impacts and undeniable legacy in the Middle East today.
A message from Secretary John Kerry for CMEC's Centenary Commemoration of the Balfour Declaration:
100 years ago, Arthur Balfour became the first national leader to put into words what today has become a matter of conviction for the community of nations: the creation of a homeland for the Jewish people in the historic land of Israel is a cause not just for the Jewish people but for all people.
The galvanizing credibility that Balfour brought to the movement cannot be overstated nor can it be overstated that a century later, the work is far from finished. The dream of a homeland is built on a lasting peace that remains elusive. But it is also clear that if we want the security for Israel and the freedom and dignity for the Palestinians that only peace can bring, we cannot give up on finding a lasting resolution: two states for two peoples, living side by side in peace.
This is not an impossible dream. It is achievable, with courage, leadership and determination.
Secretary John F Kennedy