Intel Docs Explain Timing of Ben-Gurion’s Decision to Declare Israel’s Independence, Author Says

Middle East

Haaretz contributor Meir Zamir argues that Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion decided to declare the establishment of the Jewish state in May 1948 even though he knew that the move could directly result in a war with the Arab countries.

Thursday marked the 72nd anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel, which dates back to 14 May 1948. The event took place shortly before the UK’s mandate expired in May 1948, 30 years after British troops entered what was then known as the Land of Israel, a geopolitical entity established in 1918 in the region of Palestine.

In his article published on Saturday, Haaretz contributor Meir Zamir focused on what prompted Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion to declare the establishment of the Jewish state.  

Touting the decision’s historical importance, the author, who is also a professor emeritus at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, recalled that the motives which prompted the prime minister to push for a declaration of Israeli statehood continue “to be shrouded in fog”.

The author referred to documents that were recently obtained from French and Israeli archives and which he said point to the second option, even though Ben-Gurion knew that the declaration of a Jewish state “would lead directly to war with the Arab states”.

The documents specifically indicate that during a meeting of Israel’s interim government, also…

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