Tuesday, November 29, 2016
On November 29, 1947, the United Nations decided to fulfill the promise of the 1917 Balfour Declaration. As stated in the Balfour Declaration, the UN recognized "the Jewish people's right to a national home in their ancient homeland". On that day exactly 69 years ago, the United Nations did just that. It voted to reconstitute the Jewish national home in the Jewish people's ancient homeland.
In May, 1948, that new Jewish national home received a name: Israel. That Israel was then and remains today the world's only Jewish state.
That 1947 UN vote is recorded for all time and for all generations in UN Resolution 181. It's available on-line. Below, I reprint that Resolution in full for you.
But first, look at the picture of how the UN voted on this day 69 years ago:
(This image comes from Facebook: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs; retrieved on November 29, 2016)
(Here is a clearer view of the names of UN countries who voted--or abstained--that day:
We all know what happened when UN Resolution 181 created the modern, reconstituted Israel. The Jews of Palestine (a name given to Israel in the second century CE by Romans after Rome conquered the Jews) accepted the Resolution. Arabs living in this Rome-named Palestine--and all Arab states in the Middle East--rejected that Resolution.
These Arabs didn't just reject that vote. They went to war. They wanted to tell the UN what they thought of that vote.
Specifically, if the UN aimed to create a Jewish state, these Arabs would destroy it. Every Jew in Palestine at that time understood what that would mean for them: another massive Jewish extermination campaign beginning just two years after the world's most horrific Jewish extermination campaign in history--the Holocaust.
As a public service, here is UN Resolution 181: