Weizmann Meets with Emir Feisal


Emir Faisal and Chaim Weizmann (on the left)

A historic meeting took place in Aqaba between Chaim Weizmann and Emir Feisal, one of the heads of the Arab rebellion against the Turks, and a British ally. The two leaders discussed cooperation between the Jewish and Arab national movements. After a few meetings they signed “The Faisal-Weizmann Agreement” in the year 1919. The main points of this agreement included an Arab recognition of the Balfour Declaration and an obligation of the Jews to assist in the development of an Arab state. Feisal renounced the agreement after the Arab demand for independence wasn't accepted and the French and British received mandates over the area. 
The files of the main offices of the World Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency are kept in the Central Zionist Archives. These files include documentation on the meetings that took place between leaders of the Zionist Movement and Emir Feisal, as part of the effort to reach cooperation with the Arabs after the Balfour Declaration. Some of the documents are displayed here.