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Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel (1948)

Tel Aviv, Israel
David Ben-Gurion, Israel: Author
A declaration adopted at a special session of the Yishuv People’s Council in Tel Aviv, on 14 May 1948, establishing Israel as a Jewish state in the Land of Israel. The declaration was made in accordance with UNGA Resolution 181, adopting the Partition Plan for Palestine, and concurrently with the termination of the Mandate for Palestine. The declaration detailed the historical background for the establishment of a Jewish state, converted the People’s Council and the People’s Executive into the Provisional State Council and Provisional State Government respectively, and listed the basic principles underlying the operation of the new state.