What do Lord Roderick Balfour, former Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky and the State of Israel have in common? All three came into being in 1948. The interesting coincidence came to light this week at a gala dinner celebrating the 101st anniversary of the Balfour Declaration hosted by the Israel Britain and the Commonwealth Association at the Hilton Hotel, Tel Aviv. Lord Balfour, who is no stranger to Israel, and Sharansky were the guest speakers. Balfour – utilizing that characteristically British mix of wry self-deprecation, humor and wit – kept his audience alert as he made some interesting historical and emotional points. Sharansky noted that 101 years earlier, news of the Balfour Declaration and the Bolshevik Revolution had been published on the same day in newspapers. Not much attention was paid at that time to the Balfour Declaration, but the Bolshevik Revolution was hailed as something that would change the course of history. Before either of them spoke, there were the traditional toasts to the president of Israel and the queen of England. In making the toast to President Reuven Rivlin, British Ambassador David Quarrey said he was a great admirer of Rivlin, but was taken aback when presenting his credentials when Rivlin had asked him on camera when the queen would visit Israel. Although that visit did not take place, Quarrey was delighted to have accompanied Prince William to meet the president.