Yesterday the State of Israel was founded!
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| Published: November 29, 2021
Many of my Christian friends are fond of quoting Isaiah 66 verse 8:
Who has heard such a thing?
Who has seen such things?
Can a land be born in one day?
Can a nation be brought forth at once?
For as soon as Zion was in labor,
she gave birth to her children.
They proclaim that this prophecy was fulfilled on May 14, 1948, when the State of Israel was declared.
However, another important event happened on November 29, 1947, when the United Nations voted to establish a Jewish State in the Land of Israel. A half year before the Declaration of Independence, Jews in the Land needed to defend themselves against the onslaught of Arab enemies near and far. But mostly, the decades of efforts by Zionists to create a proto-state had paid off.
As the official Knesset website writes:
On November 29, 1947, the UN General Assembly voted in favor of a resolution, which adopted the plan for the partition of Palestine, recommended by the majority of the UN Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP). 33 states voted in favor of the resolution and 13 against. 10 states abstained. UNSCOP was appointed seven months earlier, after Great Britain, which ruled the country on the basis of a League of Nations Mandate, decided that in light of the growing Jewish resistance and violent opposition to its rule, it was unwilling to continue on the existing basis, and handed the whole issue over to the UN. The UN Committee reached the conclusion that the Mandate for Palestine should be terminated, and most of its members recommended the establishment in the territory of Mandatory Palestine of an Arab state and a Jewish state, while internationalizing Jerusalem.
The partition map proposed by UNSCOP allotted the Jewish state only a small part of Western Palestine. Despite this fact, the Zionist Organization and the institutions of the Jewish community in Eretz Yisrael agreed to accept the plan, since it recognized the right of the Jewish people to a state and not only a “national home” as stated in the 1917 Balfour Declaration and the 1922 Mandate for Palestine.
The adoption of the partition resolution by the General Assembly was received by the Jewish community with great joy and thousands went out to the streets to celebrate, even though it was clear that the Arab states and the Palestinian Arabs would embark on a relentless war against the realization of the plan to establish a Jewish state.
For more information, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Partition_Plan_for_Palestine
Happy Twenty Ninth of November!