On May 14, 1948, the last of the British Mandate forces left the country. David Ben-Gurion then read the Declaration of Independence in Tel Aviv. That very night, five Arab nations declared war on Israel. Months earlier, on November 29, 1947, the UN had decided to divide the land into two countries, one for the Jews, the other for the Arabs. The city of Jerusalem was to be a separate entity under UN administration. Resolution 181 was accepted by the Jews, but rejected by the Arabs. And the rest is history.
Suddenly, Jews from all corners of the earth returned to their homeland. Back in the hands of its rightful tenants, the land is flourishing and the Hebrew language is fully resurrected. This frustrates Israel’s enemies. In the shadow of the Jews’ 2,000-year blood-drenched exile, Israel is somehow reborn.
“Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she...
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