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, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.
A.J. (Arthur James) Balfour (1848–1930), British Conservative politician, prime minister. letter, Nov. 2, 1917. The Balfour Declaration, The Middle East Conflict: Notes and Documents (1915-1967).
The document, which committed British support for a Jewish national home in Palestine, made a significant departure from the wording proposed by Chaim Weizmann on behalf of the Zionist Organization, that Britain accepted "the principle of recognizing Palestine as the National Home of the Jewish people."