Israel's Fight For Independenceby Rit Nosotro
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Describe the world events leading up to the creation of the Israeli nation in 1948. Analyze the effect of British colonialism, Zionism, the Holocaust, and UN partition.
Israel is God’s promised land for the Jews. In approximately 1400 BC Joshua led the Israelites into Canaan. In 586 BC they were exiled. In 1948 AD the United Nations gave it back to them.
God promises, “To your offspring I will give this land.” Genesis 12:7.many years later the Israelites run away from pharoe into the desert. Because of their lack of faith they wandered the desert for forty years. Then they reached the Promised Land and by an amazing miracle God gave it to them. In 586 God exiled them out of their land and they spread all over the world searching for a place to once again call their own.
In 1933 Hitler began his rampage against Jews. For a reason still unknown Hitler picked on the Jews like a bully picks on kids with glasses. The persecution the Jews were going through was terrible like nothing one had ever seen before or since. Trying to escape the terror of the Third Reich, they immigrated en masse to their Palestine, their place of refuge; or so they thought.
The Palestine they found was far from “a place of refuge”, for Hitler’s hands stretched even to there. With the help of the Jihad, the Muslim’s holy army, the Jew’s persecution continued. However the Jews did manage to defend themselves once in their “own” land. The Jewish Agency wasn’t as harmless as it seemed to the outside world. For they weren’t only the Jewish Agency, but they were also the backers for the Haganah, the Jewish army. The Arabs continued attacking but Israel subtly started winning the small battles. Finally between the Nazis, and the Arabs the United Nations finally acknowledged that the Jews needed a place to call their own. “On November 29, 1947, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a Resolution for the establishment of an independent Jewish State in Palestine.” Says Yale Law School. Though the UN acknowledged the Israeli state, none of the countries really helped them to fight their way to independence. “The U.S. imposed an arms embargo on the region.” Says Mitchell G. Bard. In order to try to prevent violence, however the British didn’t agree. In fact “Jordan's Arab Legion was armed and trained by the British, and led by a British officer.” Adds Bard. The Haganah, now Israel’s official army, was forced to smuggle weapons mainly from Czechoslovakia. One would think that with no doubt the Arab legions would have won the War of 1948, however against amazing odds the Jews announced their independence on May 4th 1948. The Promised Land was again returned to the Jews as it had been done by King Cyrus of Persia. Israel since 1948 has constantly struggled for her survival.
However this wasn’t the same promised land of before. The Lord’s promised land is now much better. His children will join him in the ultimate Promise Land. The Promise land of the Old Testament was a foreshadowing of a better place, heaven. For now the Jews have their own country but someday the children of God will all join together in the land of the Lord.
Bibliography"The Avalon Project" , Yale Law School, Jan. 16, 2004
Mitchell G. Bard, "Myths
and facts", Jan. 16, 2004
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