Monday, May 19, 2014

The Rabbi's Top Ten Israeli History Events

We recently celebrated Yom HaAtzma'ut, Israel's Independence Day, back on May 6th. And in anticipation of the 66th anniversary of the founding of the Jewish state, Rabbi Schwartz devoted his May 1st online column for the Times of Israel to the ten most important historical events concerning the State of Israel.  Here now is The Rabbi's Top Ten Israeli History Events:

In celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, here (chronologically) is my compilation of the most significant events in the history of modern Israel:

  1. Balfour DeclarationThe dream comes into view, after intense lobbying.

  2. United Nations Partition Vote
The dream becomes reality.

  3. Declaration of Independence
A Jewish homeland after 2000 years.

  4. War of Independence
Israel will have to fight for her existence, but prevails.

  5. Six Day War
Modern Israel is like the ancient Maccabees.

  6. Yom Kippur War
The illusion of invincibility is gone, but invasion is stayed.

  7. Entebbe
Miracles do happen; a first class military helps.

  8. Begin’s Election
A Polish Irgun leader becomes the voice of the second Israel.

  9. Sadat’s Visit
Euphoria that peace is always possible.

10. Rabin’s handshake/assassination
When euphoria gives way to despair.

Previous posts in this series include:
The Rabbi’s Top Ten: The Best of Everything Jewish

The Rabbi’s Top 10 Jewish Foods

The Rabbi’s Top 10 Jewish Modern Events 

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