Israel’s 60th Anniversary in Context

May 14, 2008 marked the 60th anniversary of the official founding of the State of Israel and the war that broke out immediately afterwards as Arab armies attempted to destroy the UN-sanctioned Jewish state at birth—although Independence Day was celebrated by Israel on May 8 that year, according to the Hebrew calendar. In this report, Vision publisher and Middle East scholar David Hulme analyzes the events leading up to the 1948 war.