1947 was a tense year for Israel and the region. In November, the UN voted in favor of the Partition Plan, and Israeli-Arab clashes immediately ensued. When Israel officially declared independence on May 1948, the surrounding Arab armies invaded and war broke out. Would Israel, a tiny, fledgling country, defeat these armies? Would the newly founded IDF pull this off? What would become of the Palestinians in Israel, and the Jews in Arab lands?
Watch this video and use these prompts to delve into Israel’s nail-biting beginning.