Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel


May 28, 2022

The Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel was signed at 4 pm on May 14, 1948, in the hall of the former National Museum of Tel Aviv (now the Museum of Independence) a few hours before the end of the British mandate over Palestine. The original document is currently on display at the Knesset, Israel's parliament.


After David Ben-Gurion's signature, the 37 members of the provisional parliament (Moetzet HaAm: "People's Council") signed Israel's declaration of independence. The document was written in Hebrew, the original biblical, historical and religious language of the Jews, which was modernized in the 20th century by linguists under the direction of Ben Yehuda.

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Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel 05/14/1948 The land of Israel is the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here their spiritual, political and religious identity was shaped. Here they first achieved statehood, created cultural values ​​of national and universal significance, and gave the world the eternal Book of Books. After being forcibly exiled from their land, the people kept their faith with them during their Dispersion and never stopped praying and dreaming of returning to their land and restoring their political freedom there. Driven by their historical connection and traditions, Jews fought generation after generation to reestablish themselves in their ancient homeland. In recent decades, they have returned en masse. Pioneers, refugee challengers and defenders, they made deserts flourish, revived the Hebrew language, built villages and small towns, created a thriving community that controls its own economy and culture, loving peace but knowing how to defend itself, bringing the blessings of progress. for all the inhabitants of the country and aspiring to an independent state. In the year 5657 (1897), at the conferences of the spiritual father of the Jewish State, Theodor Herzl, the First Zionist Congress outlined and proclaimed the right of the Jewish people to reborn their own country. This right was recognized on 2 November 1917 and reaffirmed in the League of Nations Mandate which, in particular, gave international sanction to the historic connection between the Jewish people and Eretz-Israel and the right of the Jewish people to rebuild their National Home. . The catastrophe that recently befell the Jewish people - the massacre of millions of Jews in Europe - was another clear demonstration of the urgency of solving the problem of homelessness through the re-establishment in Eretz-Israel of the Jewish State, which would open wide the gates homeland for every Jew and would confer on the Jewish people privileged member status in the community of nations. Survivors of the Nazi holocaust in Europe, as well as Jews from the rest of the world, continued to migrate to Eretz-Israel despite difficulties, restrictions and dangers and never failed to secure their right to a life of dignity, freedom and honest work in your national home. In World War II, this country's Jewish community fully contributed to peace-loving and freedom-loving nations against the forces of Nazi tyranny and, with the blood of their soldiers and their war efforts, won the right to be recognized among the peoples who founded the United Nations. On November 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution establishing a Jewish State in Eretz-Israel; the General Assembly requested the inhabitants of Eretz-Israel to take the necessary measures for the implementation of this resolution. This recognition by the United Nations of the right of the Jewish people to establish their State is irrevocable. This is the natural right of the Jewish people to be masters of their own destiny, like all other nations, in their own sovereign state. Accordingly, we, members of the People's Council, representatives of the Community