VIDEO: Proclamation of Independence – Israel May 14, 1948

May 8, 2019

זָכַרְתִּי יָמִים מִקֶּדֶם הָגִיתִי בְכָל־פָּעֳלֶךָ בְּמַעֲשֵׂה יָדֶיךָ אֲשׂוֹחֵחַ׃

Then I thought of the days of old; I rehearsed all Your deeds, recounted the work of Your hands.

za-KHAR-tee ya-MEEM mi-KE-dem ha-GEE-tee v-khol pa-a-LE-kha b'-ma-a-SAY ya-DE-kha a-so-KHAY-akh

Psalms 143:5

 

On May 14, 1948, as the British Mandate over Palestine came to an end, the People’s Council approved a proclamation that declared the establishment of the State of Israel. This proclamation included a closing reference to the “Rock of Israel,” one of the names of God in 2 Samuel 23:3: “The land of Israel . . . was the birthplace of the Jewish People. Here their spiritual, religious and political identity was shaped.

 

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