Israeli Declaration of Independence

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.

Aug. 10 2021 12:02AM

The declaration came together so hurriedly that if the drafters had argued for even a few hours more it would have read much differently.

May 19 2021 12:08AM

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.

April 14 2021 12:20AM

Ever? Judea? Zion?

April 29 2020 12:01AM

Declaring Israel’s independence.

Feb. 12 2020 12:01AM

On the eve of Israel’s statehood in 1948, with the massed forces of five Arab nations threatening invasion, David Ben-Gurion picked a fight with his own army. Why?

Feb. 3 2020 12:01AM

And the recent dispute over who owns that draft.

Aug. 6 2019 12:01AM

A bulwark against judicial activism.

July 24 2018 12:01AM

Ben-Gurion, Thomas Jefferson, and declarations of independence.

April 19 2018 12:01AM

In the moments leading up to Israel’s independence, America’s diplomats did everything they could to stop the process, and the president, cold.

April 16 2018 12:01AM

A long-accepted wisdom has it that just days before the state’s birth, its founders settled two burning issues in a pair of closely decided votes. The wisdom is half-wrong.

April 2 2018 12:01AM

It borrowed liberally from America’s.

Jodi Rudoren
Sept. 22 2016 12:01AM

With enemy planes overhead, David Ben-Gurion read Israel’s Declaration of Independence to a packed hall before rushing off to command the war. (Registration required.). . .

Elon Gilad
May 6 2014 12:01AM