Archive for the ‘Interesting facts’ category

Who Was Yigal Allon?

March 11, 2010

Jewish Ideas Daily has posted a short biography of Yigal Allon, an Israeli  general and politician.

An interesting excerpt:

During the 1948 War of Independence, Allon, by now a general, participated in many fateful campaigns, including the liberation of the Negev. Although he left the armed forces in 1950, he continued to be widely viewed as Israel’s foremost strategic thinker. Allon never forgave David Ben-Gurion for not having ordered the IDF to capture the Old City and the West Bank during the war. The 1949 armistice lines, he said, failed to provide Israel with strategic depth.

The article also discusses the Allon Plan, considered to be the original two-state solution. Read the article on Jewish Ideas Daily.


Shana Tova from the IAA

September 21, 2009

The Israel Antiquities Authority has posted an online presentation of holiday symbols from antiquity. Included are menorahs, lulavs, pomegranates and the Temple. The artifacts span the period from King David through the Byzantine period.

Click here to view the presentation.

Evidence of the Temples

August 3, 2009

Stephen Rosenberg, in an op-ed in The Jerusalem Post, speaks out against Arab propaganda which claims that there was never a Jewish temple in Jerusalem. He points to the Arch of Titus, which depicts the menorah being carried away from Jerusalem, as an important source for the existence of the Second Temple.

Further evidence of Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel in antiquity was recently discovered near the Old City Zion Gate. The inscribed stone vessel is proof of maintenance of temple purity. Because stone cannot become impure, stone vessels were popular during the Second Temple period.

And, as mentioned before on this blog, the Muslim Supreme Council used to advertise the Temple Mount as the place where Solomon’s temple once stood! In addition, the Arab name for Jerusalem, Al-Quds, is an abbreviation of Madinat Bayt al-Maqdis, the city of the temple.

Rosenberg is correct when he writes thatnothing could be clearer” than the existence of a Jewish temple in Jerusalem.

City of David: The Movie

July 27, 2009

Israel Antiquities Authority has posted a video about the City of David excavations guided and narrated by Prof. Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron. Did you know the City of David has been under excavation for 150 years? Reich and Shukron stand in the shafts and channels and explain what they were used for in ancient times. The quality is great and the narration is concise yet complete.

History of the PLO

July 21, 2009

Al Jazeera’s History of the PLO:

Analysis of these videos can be found at Israel Matzav, Part One and Part Two. His main point is that these videos make it clear that the goal of the PLO has always been the destruction of Israel.

Herbert Samuel

May 25, 2009
Herbert Samuel Arrives in Palestine, 1920

Herbert Samuel Arrives in Palestine, 1920

When the British Mandate of Palestine was established in 1920, Herbert Samuel was appointed the first High Commissioner of Palestine. Samuel was a British Jew and his appointment demonstrated that the British mission was to establish a Jewish national homeland in Palestine. (Subsequent High Commissioners of Palestine were not Jewish and the British later committed themselves to establishing two states in Palestine.)

On June 30, 1920, Sir Louis Bols of the Occupied Enemy Territory Administration handed over Palestine to Herbert Samuel, who signed that he had received “one Palestine, complete.”

One Palestine complete

"One Palestine complete"

Samuel attempted to set up first a legislative council and then an advisory council which would include Jews, Arabs and Christians. Due to the lack of cooperation on the part of the Arabs these initiatives failed. An advisory council made up of only British officials was established instead.

During Samuel’s administration the White Paper of 1922 was published, restricting Jewish immigration and defining the Jewish national homeland as “not the imposition of a Jewish nationality upon the inhabitants of Palestine as a whole, but the further development of the existing Jewish community, with the assistance of Jews in other parts of the world, in order that it may become a centre in which the Jewish people as a whole may take, on grounds of religion and race, a interest and a pride.”

Herbert Samuel left Palestine in 1925 and was succeeded by Herbert Plumer as High Commissioner. Samuel returned to politics in Britain, serving both in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Chaim Weizmann – Israel’s First President

May 17, 2009
Chaim Weizmann

Chaim Weizmann

Today (May 17) is the anniversary of the day Chaim Weizmann accepted the Israeli presidency in 1948. Weizmann accepted from his hotel room at the Wardolf-Astoria, since he was ill. In his statement he said,

“I pray that the struggle forced upon us will speedily end and will be succeeded by an era of peace, development and prosperity for the people of Israel and those who are waiting to join us in the construction and advancement of the new state.

“I regret that at this moment I am not with our people, but my thoughts and prayers are especially with those who are bearing the brunt and sacrifice of Israel’s defense.

“The future of Israel will not be unworthy of those who have fallen. Zion shall be redeemed in justice.”

Weizmann was a scientist and an active Zionist from 1901 onwards. In 1918, he met with Emir Feisal to gain his support for the Zionist cause. He served as president of the World Zionist Organization from 1920-1931 and again from 1935-1946. In 1947 he appeared before the United Nations Special Committee of Palestine.

Weizmann initially became president of the Provisional Council of Israel. On Feb. 16, 1949 he became President of Israel. He served as president until his death in 1952.