Why the Israeli Declaration of Independence Is So Popular

In part it is because Israelis have a higher regard for the people who wrote it than for the politicians they now elect to office.

Prime Minister Menachem Begin (on dais) at a reenactment of the declaration ceremony at Independence Hall on May 11, 1978. Dan Hadani Collection, Pritzker Family National Photography Collection, National Library of Israel.
Prime Minister Menachem Begin (on dais) at a reenactment of the declaration ceremony at Independence Hall on May 11, 1978. Dan Hadani Collection, Pritzker Family National Photography Collection, National Library of Israel.
Last Word
Nov. 29 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.

I am grateful for the excellent comments by Eugene Kontorovich and Yonatan Green to the final installment of my seven-part series on Israel’s declaration of independence.

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