Jeremy Bowen has only been reporting from the Middle East since 1991. He’s no historian so he must have gleaned his reflections on the Sykes-Picot agreement and The Balfour Declaration from somewhere.
Judging by the selective nature of the information and the language in Bowen’s ‘backgrounder’ I’d be surprised if it wasn’t taken from any one of the ‘Palestinian narrative’ history books available. We all tend to gravitate towards material that reinforces our own biases, but from the BBC’s very own Middle East head honcho a little balance would have been nice.
I’m hoping BBC Watch will deal with the detail in due course.
Which they duly have here.