A Documentary History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

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Proclamation of the State of Israel, 1948

The passage of the resolution partitioning Palestine, which the Arab member states and certain of their friends had bitterly opposed, was met with armed conflict on the part of the Palestinian Arabs, supported by most of the surrounding Arab regimes. The Palestine Commission reported that during the brief period 30 November 1947 to 3 April 1948 1,977 Arabs, British, and Jews were killed and 4,210 were wounded (with the Arab civilians suffering the greatest losses in both categories). 1 The vehemence of the opposition to partition surprised some of the strongest supporters of the resolution so that a number, including the United States, began to question the wisdom of the action of the United Nations.

The representatives of the states (Bolivia, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Panama, and Philippines) that had been appointed to the Palestine Commission by the secretary-general recognized that if the partition plan was to be effected it required the advice and

Source: Courtesy of the Embassy of Israel. There are a few slight differences between this text issued by the Government of Israel and the proclamation as it was published in the Palestine Post 16 May 1948, pp. 1-2.

1 United Nations.

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