Israel declares independence: new series

Mosaic marks Israeli independence day with the first installment of my new series on Israel’s Declaration of Independence. This essay does more than lay out the series. Read the declaration and hear it read, and soak in the atmosphere that enveloped the Tel Aviv Museum on May 14, 1948, where David Ben-Gurion and his colleagues renewed Jewish sovereignty after a hiatus of 2,000 years. 

“When Ben-Gurion’s car pulls up, he emerges with his wife Paula to the salute of a policeman. His crisp return salute, captured on film, will become one of the iconic images of the day. The hall is now packed, standing room only….”

Read the rest at Mosaic, at this link.