Thanks for signing up. Jewish streets and the Agency will not be able to control it; but, rather, it will overtake the Agency. Lawrence was promising an Arab kingdom to the Sheriff of Mecca who, of course, had no idea of the promises to the Jews. The Balfour Declaration issued on November 2 1917 had pledged support for a. For Churchill, the key question was imperial convenience, and he saw in the support of Jewish claims in Palestine an effective method of limiting French expansion in the Middle East and simultaneously safeguarding the Canal.