The Creation of Israel

The Creation of Israel

On this day in 1948, Israel officially declared statehood, becoming an official Jewish state within the Middle East. This move was met with controversy globally back then and remains a contentious issue today. This is due to many countries still not recognizing Israel’s legitimacy today and its use of statehood as a way to block criticism for human rights violations.

The Road to Statehood

The land of Israel has been central to the Jewish identity, serving as the cradle of their spiritual, religious, and national consciousness for the Jewish people. Although most of them now lived across the world, some Jews longed to return to their homeland and establish a state in that area.

Driven by centuries-old ties to this land, Jews have wished to reclaim their statehood. That is why in 1897, the First Zionist Congress asserted the Jewish right to a national revival in their ancestral land. This claim was supported by the Balfour Declaration on November 2, 1917, and later reinforced by the League of Nations Mandate. These organizations recognized the historical bond between Jews and Palestine and their right to rebuild their National Home.

The problem was during WWI, this same land was promised to the Arab people in exchange for their support of the allies powers. However, the Sykes-Picot agreement secretly voided the earlier deal with the Arabs and instead had most of the promised territories being ceded to the French and British, including Israel and Palestine. These would remain part of the European colonial powers until the end of WWII.

The horrors of the Nazi holocaust, which claimed the lives of millions of Jews in Europe, only further reinforced the need for re-establishing a Jewish state. This state would address Jewish displacement by welcoming all Jews and restoring their status within the international community.

The survivors of the Holocaust along with Jews from various regions continued to steadfastly to seek entry into Palestine despite facing numerous dangers, difficulties, and barriers to help establish this state.

On November 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution to create an independent Jewish state in Palestine, urging the local population to undertake necessary actions to implement this plan.

This acknowledgment by the United Nations of the Jewish people’s right to form their state cannot be withdrawn. Furthermore, it is a fundamental right of the Jewish people to establish their nation, just like any other nation, within their sovereign state.

“This recognition by the United Nations of the right of the Jewish people to establish their Independent State may not be revoked. It is, moreover, the self-evident right of the Jewish people to be a nation, as all other nations, in its own Sovereign State.””This recognition by the United Nations of the right of the Jewish people to establish their Independent State may not be revoked. It is, moreover, the self-evident right of the Jewish people to be a nation, as all other nations, in its own Sovereign State.”

‘ACCORDINGLY, WE, the members of the National Council, representing the Jewish people in Palestine and the Zionist movement of the world, met together in solemn assembly today, the day of the termination of the British mandate for Palestine, by virtue of the natural and historic right of the Jewish and of the Resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations,”

“HEREBY PROCLAIM the establishment of the Jewish State in Palestine, to be called ISRAEL.”

“WE HEREBY DECLARE that as from the termination of the Mandate at midnight, this night of the 14th and 15th May, 1948, and until the setting up of the duly elected bodies of the State in accordance with a Constitution, to be drawn up by a Constituent Assembly not later than the first day of October, 1948, the present National Council shall act as the provisional administration, shall constitute the Provisional Government of the State of Israel.”

“THE STATE OF ISRAEL will be open to the immigration of Jews from all countries of their dispersion; will promote the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; will be based on the precepts of liberty, justice and peace taught by the Hebrew Prophets; will uphold the full social and political equality of all its citizens, without distinction of race, creed or sex; will guarantee full freedom of conscience, worship, education and culture; will safeguard the sanctity and inviolability of the shrines and Holy Places of all religions; and will dedicate itself to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.”

“THE STATE OF ISRAEL will be ready to cooperate with the organs and representatives of the United Nations in the implementation of the Resolution of the Assembly of November 29, 1947, and will take steps to bring about the Economic Union over the whole of Palestine.”

– Official Israeli Declaration of Statehood.

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