Is the Most Iconic Sentence of Israel's Declaration of Independence True?

David Ben-Gurion was inspired by the Hebrew Bible. How true to it was he?

An illustration from 19th-century guidebooks to pre-state Palestine.

An illustration from 19th-century guidebooks to pre-state Palestine.

Observation
Feb. 21 2022
About the author

Daniel Gordis is the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem and the author of the ongoing online column, Israel from the Inside.

 

 

“The Land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people,” b’erets Yisrael kam ha-am ha-y’hudi, begins Israel’s Declaration of Independence.

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