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Obama’s Speech PRO: Accept ’67 Borders, Recognize Palestinian Statehood

Obama's Speech Pro

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/cover_story/article/obamas_speech_pro_accept_67_borders_recognize_palestinian_statehood_2011052

At 4 p.m. on May 14, 1948, Zionist leader David Ben-Gurion took to the podium in the auditorium of the Tel Aviv Museum to make a bold pronouncement. The preceding days had been filled with long and difficult deliberations among Zionist leaders over whether to move ahead with it in the face of American opposition. Eventually, Ben-Gurion mustered enough support among his colleagues to carry the day. On that fateful Friday afternoon, the 5th of Iyar on the Hebrew calendar, he stood and declared with a sense of great historical moment, “We hereby proclaim the establishment of the Jewish state in Palestine, to be known as the State of Israel.”

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