There seems to be some confusion. Palestine is already a state:
1. the State of Palestine was proclaimed in exile in Algiers on 15 November 1988, when the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) National Council (PNC) adopted the unilateral Palestinian Declaration of Independence.
2. Of the 193 member states of the United Nations, 127 (65.8%) have recognized the State of Palestine. Their total population is over 5.2 billion people, equaling 75 percent of the world's population.
3. The current debate is whether the United Nations will admit Palestine either as a full member, which requires the approval of the U.N. Security Council, or, failing that, the U.N. General Assembly may vote to recognize the State of Palestine, but not as a full member.
4. The U.N. General Assembly already authorized both an Arab state and a Jewish state in 1947, when it passed United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181
(II) [ UNGAR 181 ].
The resolution noted Britain's planned termination of the British Mandate for Palestine and recommended the partition of Palestine into two states, one Jewish and one Arab, with the Jerusalem-Bethlehem area being under special international protection, administered by the United Nations. The resolution included a highly detailed description of the recommended boundaries for each proposed state.
5. United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194
was passed on December 11, 1948, near the end of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. The resolution expresses appreciation for the efforts of UN Envoy Folke Bernadotte after his assassination by members of the Zionist ultra-nationalist Lehi (group), headed by Yitzhak Shamir. Resolution 194 deals with the situation in the region after the majority of the Palestinian Arab population fled from areas which Israel controlled and the surviving Palestinian Jewish population in Arab-occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank had been expelled by the (Trans)Jordanian Arab Legion. The resolution called for the return of refugees to their homes
and defined the role of the U.N. United Nations Conciliation Commission as an organization to facilitate peace in the region.
6. United Nations General Assembly Resolution 273
admitted Israel to the United Nations on May 11, 1949 after Israel consented to implement other UN resolutions including resolutions 194 and 181
7. UNGAR 181 and 194's call for Israel to allow the return of refugees to their homes has never been honored by Israel
. In fact, the UNGA has passed a resolution every year since 1948, calling on Israel to obey International law and permit the return of the refugees to their homes.
The entire Balfour Declaration reads:
His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine
, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country."
Note the absence of any mention of "territory being laid out,"
Note that the Jewish people were not being blessed with a "state," but merely a "national home,"
Note also that during World War I, the Arabs played a large role in the conquest of Palestine from the Ottoman empire, and the British promised the Arabs that they would get Palestine. Actually, neither the Jews or the Arabs gained sovereignty over Palestine from the British after World War I; the British decided to keep it for themselves for the time being.
Note the highlighted words: "... it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine ..."