Did the UN Create Israel?

On May 14, 1948, Israel’s founders wanted to emphasize to the world that while the Jewish people had been born in the Land of Israel, its state was the adopted child of the United Nations.

An early Israeli aircraft during the War of Independence in 1948. Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images.

An early Israeli aircraft during the War of Independence in 1948. Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images.

Observation
Aug. 10 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 fifth 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. Previous installments can be seen here.—The Editors

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