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Anniversary Straight Talk: Israel Wasn’t “Created” 70 Years Ago

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A man waves flags of Israel as Israeli Air Force planes fly in formation over the Mediterranean Sea during an aerial show as part of the celebrations for Israel's Independence Day marking the 70th anniversary of the creation of the state, in Tel Aviv, Israel April 19, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

On the Western calendar, May 14th marks the birthday of modern Israel but no one should make the mistake of saying Israel was “created” on that day in 1948. The use of such words promotes the false idea that the United Nations abruptly and arbitrarily authorized a Jewish nation to make up for the horrors of the Holocaust by sheltering refugees from the slaughter.

Actually, Jewish pioneers began building new farms and cities, universities, political parties and a formidable self-defense force, a full century before official independence. By that time, 600,000 Jews already lived in Israel and in the next decade, some 70% of arriving Jewish refugees fled Muslim lands in the Middle East, not death camps of Europe.

No, Israel wasn’t suddenly “created” by outside forces any more than America instantly came into being in 1776. In both cases, generations of toil and sacrifice produced dynamic new societies long before international recognition.

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