The Republic of Israel: Its History and Its Promise

The Republic of Israel: Its History and Its Promise

The Republic of Israel: Its History and Its Promise

The Republic of Israel: Its History and Its Promise

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On January 17, 1943, I received the following note:

THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON

January 16, 1943

DEAR DR. DUNNER:

I fear Palestine could never support all the Jews and the Arabs would
start a constant war if all of them came. Why can't Jews be members of a
religious body but natives of the lands in which they live?

VERY SINCERELY YOURS,

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

A few days later I answered Mrs. Roosevelt, giving her in outline form the first four chapters of this book. Since then I have had the opportunity of observing how this great American woman has devoted much of her time and energy to help bring about the establishment of the State of Israel. I can but dedicate to the same cause this volume, begun in May, 1949, Israel's first anniversary and completed as of December 29, 1949.

There is no doubt that the emergence of the first Jewish Commonwealth in nineteen hundred years has changed the course of Jewish and world history. That a people, bitterly abused, oppressed and pogromized, could rise again, must give courage and hope to all who believe in the forward march of the human race. It is proof of what the human spirit and dedication to a noble purpose can do in spite of heavily weighted odds. No one who has visited the Middle East, no one who has met with the Jewish pioneers in the valley of Jezreel, in Galilee, or in the Negev can come away without a profound respect for the moral achievement of the Jewish people.

The building of Israel with her agricultural cooperatives, her beautiful, modern cities, her great university on Mount Scopus was at the . . .

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