Although a Jewish presence remained in the Holy Land for over 3,000 years, Jews began to “return” to their homeland en masse about 150 years ago.
The coastal city of Tel Aviv is over 100 years old. It is evidence that the Jewish people were reclaiming and rebuilding the land long before Israel’s rebirth in 1948, when it sought recognition as a state, alongside the newly created Arab state of Trans-Jordan.
It first had to successfully defend itself from the coordinated attacks of six Arab nations. It did, but subsequent decades saw wars and intifadas change boundaries and aspirations of both the Jews and Arabs.
If Palestinian leaders would only make establishing their own state more important than destroying Israel’s, there could come compromises that would finally lead to coexistence.
* Modern Israeli holidays
Hebrew Year 5773
|Yom HaShoah||Apr 8, 2013||Holocaust Memorial Day|
|Yom HaZikaron||Apr 15, 2013||Israeli Memorial Day|
|Yom HaAtzma’ut||Apr 16, 2013||Israeli Independence Day|
|Yom Yerushalayim||May 8, 2013||Jerusalem Day|