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San Remo's mandate: Israel's 'Magna carta' (1920)

When: April 25, 2020
Summary: The San Remo Conference which took place on April 19, 1920, lasted for seven days and published its resolutions on April 25, 1920.

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The San Remo Conference which took place on April 19, 1920, lasted for seven days and published its resolutions on April 25, 1920. These seven days laid the political foundation for the creation of the 22 Arab League States and the one and only Jewish State of Israel. The full text of the Balfour Declaration became an integral part of the San Remo resolution and the British Mandate for Palestine, thereby transforming it from a letter of intent into a legally-binding foundational document under international law.

The Arabs did not oppose the creation of a Jewish State at San Remo conference. At that time they were focused on the creation of independent Arab states and had no objection to the establishment of a tiny Jewish state in Palestine. This was formalized in the Weizmann-Feisal agreement which led to the League of Nations recognizing the Land of Israel (then Palestine) as the homeland of the Jewish people.