- The Sykes-Picot Agreement divided the Arab lands of the Ottoman Empire between France and Britain, with Palestine being put under International Administration.
- Zionism, the movement supporting the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine, was not discussed in the agreement.
- The British government initially did not support Zionism, but later saw it as a possible partner in justifying renegotiations of their agreement with France.
- Kim vitman, a Russian-born chemist and prominent Zionist, became a key figure in the British government’s decision to support Zionism.
- Vitman convinced leading British figures that the Jewish community was a vast subterranean influence and that offering them Palestine would win their support for the war effort.
- The British government’s support for Zionism was motivated by a desire to win the war and secure their empire, rather than a genuine interest in the ideals of Zionism.