The proposal Balfour rejected: A Jewish state in the Persian Gulf
The British Library exposes an ambitious plan of a Jewish doctor who promised to conquer a desert oasis - with a little help from British forces.
BERLIN - On September 12, 1917, the British ambassador to France, Lord Francis Bertie received a letter with an odd request: Dr M. L. Rothstein, a Russian Jewish doctor living in France, requested that Bertie assist him in founding a Jewish state. In essence, Rothstein requested that the British government send forces to conquer Al-Hasa, a desert oasis located in present-day eastern Saudi...
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