1948: The birth of a nation in the East

Posted: April 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

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While the West was working through the rebuilding process after WWII, the Middle East was seeing changes as well.  Just like the United States helped Western Europe with the Marshall Plan, the United States also was helping out Israel.  In 1948 the US played a role in helping create the new and independent state of Israel.

On May 14, 1948 President Harry Truman recognized the newly formed (that day) state of Israel.  This obviously came with much international concern as it drove conflict in the Palestine region.  The British, who occupied much of Palestine at the time, warned the United Nations and the United States of these actions, as it was sure to unsettle the region.  At the end of 1947 the United Nations passed Resolution 181, which divided Palestine into Jewish and Arab states.  This lead to the creation of the Israeli state in 1948 but this was not a peaceful creation.

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Almost immediately Arab Palestinians were upset and did not recognize the UN resolution.  Fighting began between the Jews and Arabs, which lasted into 1949.  There were a few cease-fires during this time but peace would not stay.  To this day, we all know that there has been no lasting peace in this region and the land is still fought over.  You can see how over the years the Nation of Israel has expanded its land ownership in Palestine.

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http://history.state.gov/milestones/1945-1952/CreationIsrael

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