A homeland for the thousands of Jews who were persecuted and displaced during World War II, Israel was attacked the next day by the Transjordanian Army, the Arab Legion, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.
Against all odds, Israel survived.
The Armistice between Israel and her enemies was negotiated by Ralph Bunche, the first African American to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1947, Ralph Bunche set up a meeting between two members of UNSCOP and Menachem Begin, the leader of the Irgun Jewish underground.
As he was leaving Begin's hideout, Ralph Bunche told the future Israeli Prime Minister:
"I can understand you. I am also a member of a persecuted minority."
Richard Crossman of Britain asked Bunche if his exposure to the Jews had made him anti-Semitic "yet."
Ralph Bunche answered:
"That would be impossible ... I know the flavor of racial prejudice and racial persecution. A wise Negro can never be an anti-Semite."
President Harry S Truman sent a telegram to the President of Israel, Dr. Chaim Weizmann, President of the Provisional Council of State, Tel Aviv, October 2, 1948:
"On this your first New Year's Eve as President of the Provisional Council of the State of Israel I send you warm personal greetings and congratulations.
May the New Year bring peace to Israel and to its citizens the opportunity to dedicate themselves in tranquility to furthering the prosperity of their country."
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On November 29, 1948, President Harry S Truman wrote to Dr. Chaim Weizmann, the first president of Israel:
"I want to tell you how happy and impressed I have been at the remarkable progress made by the new State of Israel."
"I remember well our conversations about the Negeb ... and I deplore any attempt to take it away from Israel.
I had thought that my position would have been clear to all the world, particularly in the light of the specific wording of the Democratic Party platform."
The 1948 Democrat Party Platform stated:
"President Truman, by granting immediate recognition to Israel, led the world in extending friendship and welcome to a people who have long sought and justly deserve freedom and independence.
We pledge full recognition to the State of Israel.
We affirm our pride that the United States under the leadership of President Truman played a leading role in the adoption of the resolution of November 29, 1947, by the United Nations General Assembly for the creation of a Jewish State.
... We approve the claims of the State of Israel to the boundaries set forth in the United Nations resolution of November 29th and consider that modifications thereof should be made only if fully acceptable to the State of Israel.
We look forward to the admission of the State of Israel to the United Nations and its full participation in the international community of nations.
... We pledge appropriate aid to the State of Israel in developing its economy and resources.
We favor the revision of the arms embargo to accord to the State of Israel the right of self-defense."
President Harry S Truman continued his letter to Israel's President Dr. Chaim Weizmann, November 29, 1948:
"I have interpreted my re-election as a mandate from the American people to carry out the Democratic platform -- including, of course, the plank on Israel."
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Democrat President John F. Kennedy remarked opening the Ouachita National Forest Road at Big Cedar, Oklahoma, October 29, 1961:
"We take our lesson ... from the Bible and the story of Nehemiah, which tells us that when the children of Israel returned from captivity they determined to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, in spite of the threats of the enemy.
The wall was built and the peace was preserved. But it was written, 'Of them that built on the wall ... with one of his hands he did the work, and with the other he held the sword.'"
Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson stated in 1968:
"America and Israel have a common love of human freedom and a democratic way of life ...
Through the centuries, through dispersion and through very grievous trials, your forefathers clung to their Jewish identity and their ties with the land of Israel.
The prophet Isaiah foretold, 'And He shall set up an ensign for the nations and He shall assemble the outcasts of Israel and gather together the dispersed of Judah from all the four corners of the earth' ...
History knows no more moving example of persistence against the cruelest odds."
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Ancient Israel came out of Egypt, around 1,400 BC and entered the Promised Land.
For the next 400 years, the Children of Israel were the first well-recorded instance in history of a nation ruled without a king.
This was a model for America's founders.
After the U.S. Constitution was written, it needed to be ratified by nine states to go into effect.
In early 1788, eight states had ratified it, and New Hampshire was in line to be the ninth, but disagreements caused its Ratifying Convention to be adjourned in February of that year.
After the annual day of fasting, set by New Hampshire's Governor, state delegates reconvened in June of 1788.
They listened to an address on June 5, 1788, by Harvard President Rev. Samuel Langdon, titled "The Republic of the Israelites an Example to the American States."
Afterwards, New Hampshire delegates voted to ratify the U.S. Constitution, and being the ninth state to do so, put it into effect.
In his address, Samuel Langdon stated:
"Instead of the twelve tribes of ISRAEL, we may substitute the thirteen states of the American union, and see this application plainly ...
That as God in the course of his kind providence hath given you an excellent Constitution of government, founded on the most rational, equitable, and liberal principles, by which all that liberty is secured ...
and you are empowered to make righteous laws for promoting public order and good morals; and as he has moreover given you by his Son Jesus Christ ... a complete revelation of his will ... it will be your wisdom ... to ... adhere faithfully to the doctrines and commands of the gospel, and practice every public and private virtue ..."
"The ISRAELITES may be considered as a pattern to the world in all ages ... (of) government ... on republican principles, required laws; without which it must have degenerated immediately into ... absolute monarchy ...
How unexampled was this quick progress of the ISRAELITES, from abject slavery, ignorance, and almost total want of order, to a national establishment perfected in all its parts far beyond all other kingdoms and states!
From a mere mob, to a well regulated nation, under a government and laws far superior to what any other nation could boast! ..."
"It was a long time after the law of Moses was given before the rest of the world knew any thing of government by law ...
It was six hundred years after Moses before ... Grecian republics received a very imperfect ... code of laws from Lycurgus.
It was about five hundred years from the first founding of the celebrated Roman empire ... before the first laws of that empire."
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WHAT WAS THE REPUBLIC OF THE ANCIENT ISRAELITES?
* ISRAEL was the first well-recorded instance of an entire nation ruled without a king.
* In ISRAEL, everyone was equal under the Law. There was no royal family to pay obeisance to at this time. This was the beginning of the concept of equality.
* In ISRAEL, everyone, both male and female, was made in the image of the Creator, possessing God-given rights which no government could take away. It was the responsibility of government to guarantee individual rights.
Deuteronomy 1:17 "Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great."