Ben-Gurion, Thomas Jefferson, and declarations of independence.
In the moments leading up to Israel’s independence, America’s diplomats did everything they could to stop the process, and the president, cold.
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.
Let politics sort things out.
It borrowed liberally from America’s.
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.). . .