Date of Award

1980

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Departmental Honors

Abstract

On May 15, 1948, the state of Israel came into existence in accordance with the United Nation's Palestinian partition resolution of November, 1947. After two thousand years of Jewish exile and diaspora, the world had recognized and granted the Jews the right to claim their Biblical homeland. Establishment of the state by no means signified the beginning of Jewish presence in this Middle Eastern corner of the world since the time of their exile in 70 AD. Since the first modern major wave of Jewish immigration into Palestine in the 1880s, national identity had been the goal of idealistic pioneers, and by 1948 national ideological foundations, vital institutions, and patterns of development were well established in the new state’s framework.

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