“Israel was not created in order to disappear – Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.” John F. Kennedy
Happy Birthday Israel, our ally and friend! God bless its people and all the people in the Middle East. Pray for peace!
Like the United States, Israel formed a nation already occupied by a diverse population. The Jews who settled in the new state brought back an advanced civilization, but it was not unchallenged by the Arabs who had long since taken over the land. The Israelis today had nothing to do with those beginnings and they envision an Israel that is at peace with its neighbors. They have proven themselves to be a great people.
After WWII, the Allies looked for land where the Jewish refugees could form their own country. The refugees rejected any area in Germany because of the horrors they suffered there. Palestine, the Jewish homeland of 2000 years prior, was a state that was used as a corridor governed by the British. It became the chosen land when the British ceded Palestine to the UN. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled their land. For a people who suffered so much, returning to their homeland after an absence of two thousand years, it was a blessing from God. For the Palestinians, it was Nabka or Catastrophe.
From wiki: “…In the face of increasing violence after World War II, the British handed the issue over to the United Nations. The result was Resolution 181, a partition plan to divide Palestine between Jews and Arabs. The Jewish state was to receive around 56% of the land area of Mandate Palestine, encompassing 82% of the Jewish population, though it would be separated from Jerusalem, designated as an area to be administered by the UN. The plan was accepted by most of the Jewish population, but rejected by much of the Arab populace.
On 29 November 1947, the plan was put to a vote in the United Nations General Assembly. The result was 33 to 13 in favour of the plan, with 10 abstentions. The Arab countries (all of which had opposed the plan) proposed to query the International Court of Justice on the competence of the General Assembly to partition a country against the wishes of the majority of its inhabitants, but were again defeated. The division was to take effect as part of a British withdrawal from the territory (to be no later than 1 August 1948, though the UK refused to implement the plan, arguing it was unacceptable to both sides…
The UN resolution on “The Future Government of Palestine” contained both a plan of partition and a Minority Protection Plan. It placed minority, women’s, and religious rights under the protection of the United Nations and the International Court of Justice. The plan provided specific guarantees of fundamental human rights. The new states had to acknowledge the stipulated rights in a Declaration, which according to precedent was tantamount to a treaty…
In 1967, as a result of the Six-Day War, Israel gained control of the West Bank (Judaea and Samaria), East Jerusalem, the Gaza strip and the Golan Heights. Israel also took control of the Sinai Peninsula, but returned it to Egypt as part of the 1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty…”
Palestinians call it Nabka or catastrophe. One Palestinian refugee describes that time in 1948.
This is part I/10 of the History Channel series on the Founding of Israel, which can be found on youtube.
When Israel gave the Gaza Strip to the Arabs, it was used by them as a place from which to lob bombs at Israel on a daily basis. There is now a reluctance on Israel’s part to give back any more land, particularly since the Palestinians and other Arab neighbors have vowed to destroy Israel.
The land being fought over is a small desert which the Israelis have made into a beautiful and highly productive land with culture and art the equal of any country. Palestinian reaction to formation of a Jewish state: Palestine will never accept a Jewish state Read about terror threats on the eve of the anniversary here: danger on eve of anniversary and here: Israel under pressure