The Most Significant Document Composed by Jews since Antiquity

The beginning of a new series investigating how the Israeli Declaration of Independence came about, and what the text reveals about the country it brought into being.

David Ben-Gurion reading the Declaration of Independence on May 14, 1948 during the ceremony founding the state of Israel. Zoltan Kluger/GPO via Getty Images.

David Ben-Gurion reading the Declaration of Independence on May 14, 1948 during the ceremony founding the state of Israel. Zoltan Kluger/GPO via Getty Images.

Observation
April 14 2021
About the author

Martin Kramer teaches Middle Eastern history and served as founding president at Shalem College in Jerusalem, and is the Walter P. Stern fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

“We hereby declare the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz-Israel, to be known as the State of Israel.”

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