Three Weeks in May: How the Israeli Declaration of Independence Came Together

The declaration came together so hurriedly that if the drafters had argued for even a few hours more it would have read much differently.

Jewish fighters at their radio in an undisclosed hideout on April 10, 1948, in the weeks before the founding of the state of Israel. Zoltan Kluger/GPO via Getty Images.

Jewish fighters at their radio in an undisclosed hideout on April 10, 1948, in the weeks before the founding of the state of Israel. Zoltan Kluger/GPO via Getty Images.

Observation
May 19 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.

This is the second installment in the historian Martin Kramer’s series on how Israel’s declaration of independence came about, and what the text reveals about the country it brought into being. The previous essay can be seen here.—The Editors

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