Page 9 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 30

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Medinat Yisrael, Yom huledet sameah!
Happy Anniversary,
State of Israel!
This salutation accords with the theme of our 1972 Jewish
Book Month, “Israel: Land of the Book,” celebrating the 25th
anniversary of the State of Israel.
Looking back to the past quarter-century in retrospect, we
recall four crucial and decisive events in the saga of Israel reborn:
(1) David ben-Gurion’s assuring statement at the Anglo-
American Commission of Inquiry on March 19, 1946: “The
State of Israel will prove itself not by material wealth, not
by military might or technical achievement, bu t by its
moral character and human values.”
(2) T he resolution passed by the United Nations on Novem­
ber 19, 1947, calling for the establishment of a Jewish
state in Eretz Yisrael, to take such steps as were necessary
on their part for the implementation of that resolution.
(3)
Yom Haatzmaut.
The declaration of the establishment of
the State of Israel concluding with: “Placing our trust in
the Almighty, we affix our signatures to this proclamation
at this session of the Provisional Council of State, on the
soil of the Homeland, in the City of Tel-Aviv, on this
Sabbath eve, the 5th day of Iyar, 5708 (14th May, 1948) ”
Then Ben-Gurion read: “We . . . hereby proclaim the
establishment of the Jewish State in Eretz Yisrael, to be
called Israel.”
(4) Israel's admittance as a member of the United Nations
on May 11, 1949.
Thus Israel was reborn—the resurrection of the Jewish people
on its own soil. At long last, the
beginning
of the
geulah,
Israel's
redemption. Now, twenty-five years later, the
geulah
is still incom­
plete. An indispensable condition has not yet been fulfilled:
A in ha-Kadosh barukh hu menahem et Yerushalayim ela ba-shalom
—“God will redeem Jerusalem only in peace” (Deut. Rabbah
5: 14).
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