The beginning of a new series investigating how the Israeli Declaration of Independence came about, and what the text reveals about the country it brought into being.
And its translation into German.
Israel famously has no constitution. It turns out that’s no accident but rather the will of its first prime minister, who explains his thinking here.
The author of a new book about Israel’s diplomatic history joins us to discuss the enduring lessons he’s learned from surveying 3,000 years of Jewish history.
What are Jews for?
Born within four years of each other, David Ben-Gurion and Abdullah bin Hussein emerged out of the same political womb to forge Israel and Jordan in battle. Both nations should be grateful.
And helped organize one of the war’s worst massacres.
Ever? Judea? Zion?
From Ben-Gurion vs. Weizmann to Rabin vs. Peres.
Ancient Jewish history, with which he was well acquainted, showed what could happen in the absence of a central military command. He made sure it wouldn’t happen again.