Weizmann On Why Jewish Homeland Should Be In Palestine
A member of the House of Lords asked Chaim Weizmann, “Why do you Jews insist on Palestine when there are so many undeveloped countries you could settle in more conveniently?” Weizmann said: “That is like my asking you why you drove twenty miles to visit your mother last Sunday when there are so many old ladies living on your street.”
“I said, ‘Mr. Balfour, if you were offered Paris instead of London, would you take it?’...He looked surprised. He said: ‘But London is our own!’ I said, ‘Jerusalem was our own when London was a marsh.’ He said, ‘That’s true.’”
Source: Member of House of Lords quote in Noah Pollak, “Weizmann’s Answer,” Commentary, (October 8, 2007); Balfour quote in Moment, (May/June 2009), p. 22.