The right granted to the Jewish people to settle in the mandated territories was never framed in exclusive terms. The British White Paper of June 1922 - the first document that officially clarified the interpretation of the Mandate’s text - pointed out that the Balfour Declaration does “not contemplate that Palestine as a whole should be converted into a Jewish National Home, but that such a Home should be founded ‘in Palestine’”. Zionist consent to this interpretation was requested, and received, before the Mandate was confirmed in July 1922. In Chaim Weizmann’s words: “It was made clear to us that confirmation of the Mandate would be conditional on our acceptance of the policy as interpreted in the White Paper [of 1922], and my colleagues and I therefore had to accept it, which we did, though not without some qualms”. It is only in light of these clarifications that the preamble and Article 2 of the Mandate text can and should be understood.
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