Israel: The Making of a Nation

Israel: The Making of a Nation

Israel: The Making of a Nation

Israel: The Making of a Nation

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In these days there is nothing novel in the creation of a new State. But there is much that is novel about the State of Israel, of which this book sets out to present a picture, purposely not a highly coloured one and certainly not designed as propaganda. So far no factual and really objective account appears to exist of the State of Israel as it is today. This book attempts to fill that gap. There will continue to be controversy about some of the crucial months preceding the establishment of the State and here the author must offer his own interpretation.

Israel, with a population of 90 per cent Jews, is, of course, the world's only Jewish State and no account of it as it is today would be complete, or even comprehensible, without at least a sketch of the historical background to the State's foundation. That is contained in the first chapter of the book. Necessarily, it is a sketch, but necessarily also it treats of the ages-long connection of the Jews with Palestine and of the troubled generation after the issue by the British Government in 1917 of the so-called Balfour Declaration. This, whatever the objects and intentions of those who framed it, contained the seeds not only of the State of Israel but also of the conflict to ensue, between the Arabs and the Jews, first in Palestine and later throughout the world. Possibly there will never be agreement on these events, but in dealing with them the object here has been to make sure of facts and, within the limits of space and human frailty, to present them as objectively as possible.

From a Jewish point of view the growth of the Jewish National Home and its emergence to statehood are of supreme importance. So also is the progress made by the State since its . . .

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