Members of the Irgun receiving training near the Jaffa-Tel Aviv border, two months before the War of Independence started in May 1948. Jim Pringle / AP

The Israelis Who Fought in the War of Independence – and What They Think of Modern Israel

From smuggling immigrants into Mandatory Palestine to working in underground bullet factories, these seven men and women all played a role in establishing the Jewish state. They recount their war stories and reflect on whether Israel has lived up to their hopes

On the day Israel gained its independence, they already had their assignments. Some were fighting on the front line. Others were helping refugees from Europe reach the shores of the new Jewish state. Still...

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