The Israeli Declaration of Independence: Between Prophetic Message and Constitutional Platform

For the Public
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

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The “Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel” (May 14, 1948) announced the founding of a Jewish state in the land of Israel. Its text referred to past events within a hopeful futurist outlook that addressed fundamental concerns including name, definition, borders, religion, and rights. Were its words meant to convey a prophetic vision, or were they intended to constitute a concrete plan? Does the document have any legal authority, or was its promulgation a mere ceremonial gesture? This lecture will shed light on the meaning and status of the declaration through its more than seven decades of existence.


Menahem Ben-Sasson

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Roberta and Stanley Bogen Visiting Scholar

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We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Klatt Family and the Harry Stern Family Foundation.