Rasa - Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli premier, has been invited to London by UK prime minister Theresa May to mark the Balfour centenary on Thursday, National reported.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is a strong supporter of the Palestinian cause and has refused the invitation to the event. The shadow foreign secretary will attend in his place.
A series of events across the UK are being held to mark the 100-year anniversary of the statement written by Britain’s then foreign secretary Arthur Balfour on November 2, 1917, in which the British government stated its support for the establishment of a national home for Jewish people in Palestine.
The Balfour Declaration had far-reaching consequences for supporters of the Zionist cause and those living in Palestine. It is widely seen as the starting point of a chain of events that resulted in today’s bitter conflict.