Jewish Exile Research Paper

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After their first exile by the Babylonians, the Jews had been dispersed throughout Europe without a state of their own. After the exile, their goal was to get their homeland back as a safe haven in which all Jews could live. The British eventually gained control of Palestine and had to deal with the conflict between the Arabs and the Jews over the land of Israel. After World War II, there was massive immigration of Jews into Israel. The British finally brought the problem before the United Nations, and the UN declared Israel a state for the Jews after a failure to partition the land. The Jews had a right to the land of Israel and needed a home for their people. World War II provided a perfect example as to why the Jewish people needed a state:…show more content…
The Jewish Diaspora is a phrase used to describe the exile of Jews from their homeland and the way of life they created in other parts of the world in response to their exile. Some returned to their homeland after the Babylonians were defeated by the Persians, but many remained dispersed. Throughout history, Israel remained governed by foreign empires including the Babylonian, Persian, Greek Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Empires, Islamic and Christian crusaders, the Ottoman Empire, and eventually the British Empire. The first exile served as a major turning point in the fight for Israel, because the Jews no longer had their land and from this point forward were engaged in a constant struggle to gain back their homeland lasting all the way until Israel’s…show more content…
The Declaration of Independence ‘notified the world that the Land of Israel was the historic birthplace of the Jewish people, that the Zionist movement was the testimony to the role Palestine had fulfilled in Jewish history and religion, that the Balfour Declaration, the United Nations Partition Resolution, the sacrifice of the Zionist pioneers, and the torment suffered by Jews in recent years—all had laid the moral and legal foundations for the new state.’ The declaration emphasized the importance of the land of Israel to the Jewish people, and it recognized their constant struggle to get it back since being exiled from their homeland. Later on the 14th of May, the British Mandate expired and both the United States and the Soviet Union recognized Israel as a state. This was especially fortunate for Israel, because two of the biggest powers in the world acknowledged the state. Even though the Jews deserved to have a state of their own and finally received it, the fighting was not over. The day after Israel gained independence, it was attacked by Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq marking the start of the 1948 Arab-Israeli
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