Why the 1947 UN Partition Resolution Must Be Celebrated

As compared with the festivities surrounding the Balfour Declaration centenary, little attention has been paid to the 70th anniversary of the UN vote. This is a missed opportunity.

 

Israelis prepare a 2011 ceremony reconstructing the celebrations that took place on November 29, 1947 following passage of the UN partition plan for Palestine, which led to the creation of the state of Israel. MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images.

Israelis prepare a 2011 ceremony reconstructing the celebrations that took place on November 29, 1947 following passage of the UN partition plan for Palestine, which led to the creation of the state of Israel. MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images.

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Nov. 27 2017
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Martin Kramer teaches Middle Eastern history and served as founding president at Shalem College in Jerusalem, and is the Koret distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.


Earlier this month, the governments of Britain and Israel marked the centenary of the Balfour Declaration with much fanfare. From London to Jerusalem, prime ministers, parliamentarians, and protesters weighed in. The world’s major media outlets ran extended analyses, while historians (myself included) enjoyed their fleeting few minutes of fame.

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