Decision Points

David Ben-Gurion and the Decision to Declare the State of Israel

Aug. 19, 2020

On May 14, 1948, the British were scheduled to bring an end to the British Mandate in Palestine. The question on the table for the Jewish community in Palestine was existential: to immediately declare a state and risk invasion by better-armed Arab states or accept an international ceasefire? Join leading Israeli historian Anita Shapira to discuss the dramatic cabinet debate and David Ben Gurion’s decision to declare the state.


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Palestine Partitioned - 1947 | Today In History | 29 Nov 18

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