About Modern Israel

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May 14, 1948: Israel's Declaration of Independence 

No draft declaration of Independence existed until April 1948. Using the American Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution as philosophical frameworks, a small group of attorneys and politicians pieced together Israel’s Declaration of Independence. Other important political decisions pertaining to Jewish statehood were left until the last minute: the location of the State’s capital, its final name, and how to bring together several Jewish military organizations under one command.

14 de mayo de 1948: Declaración de Independencia de Israel El Estado de Israel

Antes de abril de 1948 no existía un proyecto de declaración de independencia. Un pequeño grupo de abogados y políticos dieron forma a la Declaración de Independencia de Israel, partiendo de la Declaración de Independencia de los Estados Unidos y la Constitución de los Estados Unidos como marco filosófico. Asimismo, otras decisiones políticas importantes concernientes al establecimiento del Estado judío se tuvieron que dejar para último minuto, entre ellas, la ubicación de la capital del Estado, su nombre definitivo y cómo unificar las diversas organizaciones militares bajo un solo comando. 

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Program & Events

  • March 2, 2019 -- Eli Sperling,"From Sadat’s Visit to Jerusalem–Today: Challenges and Opportunities in Arab-Israeli Multi-Lateral Negotiations,” St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY
  • February 25, 2019 -- Eli Sperling, Panel Discussion Following Film, "Ma'abarot," Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Atlanta, GA
  • February 3-24, -- Eli Sperling, "Topics in Israeli Politics, Culture and Society: A Four-Part, Annual Lecture Series on Modern Israel as Part of The Temple's Tamid Adult Education Program," The Temple, Atlanta, GA
  • January 8-9, 2019 -- Ken Stein, “Israel’s Role in American Jewish Identity,” JNF Educator Meetups, Aventura and West Palm Beach, FL
  • December 29, 2019 -- Ken Stein,  "Origins of Modern Israel: 'to 1949' and '1949 - present,'" Sabin Winter Student Leadership Forum, Washington, DC 
  • November 21, 2019 -- Ken Stein, “US-Israeli Relationship: 1945-2019, From Truman to Trump,” Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel
  • November 20, 2019 & January 29, 2020 -- Eli Sperling, "The Evolution of Israeli Political Culture, Society and the Arts: A Two-Part Lunch and Learn Series," MJCCA, Atlanta, GA
  • November 13, 2019 -- Ken Stein, “Why did Camp David work in 1978 but will not work similarly today?” Jerusalem Institute for Public Policy, Jerusalem, Israel
  • November 9-11, 2018 -- ISMI@20, Anniversary Celebration, Atlanta, GA
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December 2019 - Contemporary Reading List

Egyptian-Israeli Negotiations’ Documents Reader: 1973-1979

History, Politics and Diplomacy of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 2017