The foundations of the state of Israel - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Josh
    • 02.02.10 | 07:55 (IST)

    The foundations for the state of Israel were laid well before the Holocaust and the British debated partitioning a partition of the territory during the 1930s. All the major functioning institutions of the future Israeli state were in place by the late 1930s, including the political, military, and labor organizational structures. The map of Jewish settlement at that time tracks closely to the map of the future state, although some Jewish areas were lost in the War of Independence (parts of Jerusalem, Gush Etzion, etc), and other areas ended up in the state. In short, it would have happened with or without the Holocaust. The reality that the Zionists had essentially established the working framework of a functional state inside the British mandate can provide a useful lesson to those Palestinians who are interested in establishing such a state in the West Bank and Gaza.

    from the article: It's wrong to suggest Israel was direct result of Holocaust
    First published 02:17 02.02.10 | Last updated 08:10 02.02.10
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