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He died while fighting the Persians in and the project was discontinued. Byzantine Christianity was dominated by the Greek Eastern Orthodox Church whose massive land ownership has extended into the present. In the 5th century, the Western Roman Empire collapsed leading to Christian migration into the Roman province of Palaestina Prima and development of a Christian majority. Judaism was the only non-Christian religion tolerated, but restrictions on Jews slowly increased to include a ban on building new places of worship, holding public office or owning slaves.
In , following the death of the last Nasi, Gamliel VI , the Sanhedrin was officially abolished and the title of Nasi banned. Several Samaritan Revolts erupted in this period,  resulting in the decrease of Samaritan community from about a million to a near extinction. It lasted seven years and after its fall, his son Mar-Zutra III moved to Tiberias where he became head of the local religious academy in The Jewish Menorah , which the Romans took when the temple was destroyed, was reportedly taken to Carthage by the Vandals after the sacking of Rome in According to the Byzantine historian, Procopius , the Byzantine army recovered it in and brought it to Constantinople.
Jews briefly governed Jerusalem when the Persians took over. The Byzantine Emperor Heraclius reportedly revoked his brother's decision to extirpate the Jews of Edessa for fighting on the Persian side during the war by giving them a blanket pardon,  and provided protection to the Jews of the Galilee. He allegedly managed to convince Benjamin of Tiberias to convert, after the latter admitted Jews had massacred Christians during the Persian interregnum. According to Muslim tradition, on the last night of his life in , Muhammed was taken on a journey from Mecca to the "farthest mosque", whose location many consider to be the Temple Mount , returning the same night.
The Byzantine ban on Jews living in Jerusalem came to an end and Palestine gradually came to be dominated politically and socially by Muslims, though the dominant religion of the country down to the Crusades may still have been Christian. In , Muawiyah was crowned Caliph in Jerusalem, becoming the first of the Damascus-based Umayyad dynasty.
Both buildings were rebuilt in the 10th century following a series of earthquakes. Jews believe it is the site where Abraham tried to sacrifice his son, Isaac , while Muslims believe that Abraham tried to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, in Mecca. A new city, Ramlah , was built as the Muslim capital of Jund Filastin , the name given to the province. During the 8th Century, the Caliph Umar II introduced a law requiring Jews and Christians to wear identifying clothing: Jews were required to wear yellow stars round their neck and on their hats. Christians had to wear Blue.
Clothing regulations were not always enforced, but did arise during repressive periods and were sometimes designed to humiliate and persecute non-Muslims. A poll tax was imposed on all non-Muslims by all Islamic rulers and failure to pay could result in imprisonment or worse. There were also bans on construction of new places of worship and repair of existing places of worship. The system of requiring Jews to wear yellow stars was subsequently adopted also in parts of Christian Europe.
The Fatimids were followers of Isma'ilism , a branch of Shia Islam and claimed descent from Fatima , Mohammed's daughter. Around the year 1, the Church of Holy Sepulchre believed to be Jesus burial site , was destroyed by Fatimid Caliph al-Hakim , who relented ten years later and paid for it to be rebuilt. In al-Hakim claimed divine status and the newly formed Druze religion gave him the status of a messiah. Between the 7th and 11th centuries, Jewish scribes, called the Masoretes and located in Galilee and Jerusalem, established the Masoretic Text , the final text of the Hebrew Bible.
During the conquest, both Muslims and Jews were indiscriminately massacred or sold into slavery. The carnage continued when the Crusaders reached the Holy Land. Saladin was able to peacefully take Jerusalem and conquered most of the former Kingdom of Jerusalem. Maimonides was buried in Tiberias. A Crusader city-state at Acre survived for another century. In , the Mongols destroyed Baghdad , killing hundreds of thousands. For the next 30 years, the area was the frontier between Mongol invaders occasional Crusader allies and the Mamluks of Egypt.
The conflict impoverished the country and severely reduced the population. The last Crusader state, the Kingdom of Acre , fell in , ending the Crusades. Egyptian Mamluk sultan, Baibars — , conquered the last outposts of Crusader rule in The Mamluks ruled Palestine until , regarding it as part of Syria. In Hebron , Baibars banned Jews from worshipping at the Cave of the Patriarchs the second-holiest site in Judaism ; the ban remained in place until its conquest by Israel years later. The Mamluks, continuing the policy of the Ayyubids, made the strategic decision to destroy the coastal area and to bring desolation to many of its cities, from Tyre in the north to Gaza in the south.
Ports were destroyed and various materials were dumped to make them inoperable. The goal was to prevent attacks from the sea, given the fear of the return of the Crusaders. This had a long-term effect on those areas, which remained sparsely populated for centuries. The activity in that time concentrated more inland. The collapse of the Crusades was followed by increased persecution and expulsions of Jews in Europe. Expulsions began in England and were followed by France The largest massacres of Jews took place in Spain where some tens of thousands were killed and about half the Jews in the country were forcibly converted.
In January , the last Muslim state was defeated in Spain and six months later the Jews of Spain the largest community in the world were required to convert or leave without their property. The majority as many as , converted but continued to secretly practice Judaism , which now carried a sentence of death by public burning. On the day set as the last day for Jews to legally reside in Spain, Columbus sailed to America. Some headed for Israel, which was also controlled by the Ottomans. In Italy, Jews living in the Papal States were required to live in ghettos see Cum nimis absurdum and the practise was adopted across Catholic Europe.
Secretly practicing Jews could not revert to Judaism inside Europe as this carried a death sentence. The last compulsory Ghetto, was administered by the Vatican in Rome and abolished in the 's. Under the Mamluks, the area was a province of Bilad a-Sham Syria. It was conquered by Turkish Sultan Selim I in —17, becoming a part of the province of Ottoman Syria for the next four centuries, first as the Damascus Eyalet and later as the Syria Vilayet following the Tanzimat reorganization of Some of the Sultans' favorite sex-slaves may have been Jewish girls enslaved in Eastern Europe.
Between and Suleiman the Magnificent ruled - built the current city walls of Jerusalem ; Jerusalem had been without walls since the early 13th century. The construction followed the historical outline of the city, but left out a key section of the City of David today part of Silwan and what is now known as Mount Zion. She encouraged Jewish refugees to settle in the area and established a Hebrew printing press. Safed became a centre for study of the Kabbalah. Further migration occurred during the Khmelnytsky Uprising in Ukraine, which was accompanied by brutal massacres of tens of thousands of Jews and possibly more.
In , a Druze revolt led to the destruction of Safed and Tiberias. He acquired a large number of followers before going to Istanbul in , where Sultan Suleiman II forced him to convert to Islam. In the late 18th century a local Arab sheikh Zahir al-Umar created a de facto independent Emirate in the Galilee. Ottoman attempts to subdue the Sheikh failed, but after Zahir's death the Ottomans restored their rule in the area.
In Napoleon briefly occupied the country and planned a proclamation inviting Jews to create a state. The proclamation was shelved following his defeat at Acre. His conscription policies led to a popular Arab revolt in , resulting in major casualties for the local Arab peasants, and massacres of Christian and Jewish communities by the rebels. Following the revolt, Muhammad Pasha, the son of Muhammad Ali, expelled nearly 10, of the local peasants to Egypt, while bringing loyal Egyptian peasants and discharged soldiers to settle the coastline of Ottoman Syria.
Northern Jordan Valley was settled by his Sudanese troops. In there was another revolt by the Druze. In Moses Montefiore met with Muhammed Pasha in Egypt and signed an agreement to establish — Jewish villages in the Damascus Eyalet of Ottoman Syria ,  but in the Egyptians withdrew before the deal was implemented, returning the area to Ottoman governorship. In , Jews constituted the largest population group in Jerusalem.
During the 19th century, Jews in Western Europe were increasingly granted citizenship and equality before the law ; however, in Eastern Europe, they faced growing persecution and legal restrictions , including widespread pogroms in which thousands were murdered, raped or lost their property. Half the world's Jews lived in the Russian Empire, where they were severely persecuted and restricted to living in the Pale of Settlement. National groups in the Empire, such as the Poles, Lithuanians and Ukrainians were agitating for independence and often regarded the Jews as undesirable aliens.
The Jews were usually the only non-Christian minority and spoke a distinct language Yiddish. An independent Jewish national movement first began to emerge in the Russian Empire and the millions of Jews who were fleeing the country mostly to the USA carried the seeds of this nationalism wherever they went. Existing Ashkenazi-Jewish communities were concentrated in the Four Holy Cities , extremely poor and lived on donations from Europe. The new migrants created small agricultural settlements. In Jaffa a vibrant commercial community developed in which Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews inter-mingled.
Many early migrants left due to difficulty finding work and the early settlements often remained dependent on foreign donations. Despite the difficulties, more settlements arose and the community grew. The new migration was accompanied by a revival of the Hebrew language and attracted Jews of all kinds; religious, secular, nationalists and left-wing socialists. Socialists aimed to reclaim the land by becoming peasants or workers and forming collectives.
In Zionist history, the different waves of Jewish settlement are known as " aliyah ". During the First Aliyah , between and , approximately 35, Jews moved to what is now Israel. By , Jews were a majority in Jerusalem , although the country as a whole was populated mainly by Muslim settled and nomad Bedouins and Christian Arabs. In Theodor Herzl published Der Judenstaat The Jewish State , in which he asserted that the solution to growing antisemitism in Europe the so-called " Jewish Question " was to establish a Jewish state.
In , the Zionist Organisation was founded and the First Zionist Congress proclaimed its aim "to establish a home for the Jewish people in Palestine secured under public law. Between and , around 40, Jews settled in the area now known as Israel the Second Aliyah. Migrants were mainly from Russia which then included part of Poland , escaping persecution.
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The first Kibbutz , Degania , was founded by nine Russian socialists in Hebrew newspapers and books were published, Hebrew schools , Jewish political parties and workers organizations were established. During World War I , most Jews supported the Germans because they were fighting the Russians who were regarded as the Jews' main enemy.
There was already sympathy for the aims of Zionism in the British government, including the Prime Minister Lloyd George. The letter subsequently became known as the Balfour Declaration of It stated that the British Government "view[ed] with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people". The declaration provided the British government with a pretext for claiming and governing the country. The agreement gave Britain control over what parties would begin to call "Palestine". It also participated in the failed Gallipoli Campaign. The Nili Zionist spy network provided the British with details of Ottoman troops.
The British Mandate in effect, British rule of Palestine, including the Balfour Declaration, was confirmed by the League of Nations in and came into effect in The boundaries of Palestine initially included modern Jordan , which was removed from the territory by Churchill a few years later. Britain signed a treaty with the United States which did not join the League of Nations in which the United States endorsed the terms of the Mandate.
Between and , another 40, Jews arrived in Palestine, mainly escaping the post- revolutionary chaos of Russia Third Aliyah , as over , Jews were massacred in this period in Ukraine and Russia. Malarial marshes in the Jezreel Valley and Hefer Plain were drained and converted to agricultural use. Land was bought by the Jewish National Fund , a Zionist charity that collected money abroad for that purpose. A mainly socialist underground Jewish militia, Haganah "Defense" , was established to defend outlying Jewish settlements.
In response, the British authorities imposed immigration quotas for Jews. Exceptions were made for Jews with over 1, pounds in cash roughly , pounds at year rates or Jewish professionals with over pounds. The Jewish Agency issued the British entry permits and distributed funds donated by Jews abroad. The new arrivals were mainly middle-class families who moved into towns and established small businesses and workshops—although lack of economic opportunities meant that approximately a quarter later left.
British authorities introduced the Palestine pound worth "Mills" in , replacing the Egyptian pound as the unit of currency in the Mandate. As the Yishuv grew, the JNC adopted more government-type functions, such as education, health care and security. With British permission, the Va'ad raised its own taxes  and ran independent services for the Jewish population.
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In tensions grew over the Kotel Wailing Wall , a narrow alleyway where Jews were banned from using chairs or any furniture many of the worshipers were elderly. This and general animosity led to the August Palestine riots. The main victims were the ancient Jewish community at Hebron, which came to an end. The riots led to right-wing Zionists establishing their own militia in , the Irgun Tzvai Leumi National Military Organization, known in Hebrew by its acronym "Etzel".
Zionist political parties provided private education and health care: the General Zionists , the Mizrahi and the Socialist Zionists , each established independent health and education services and operated sports organizations funded by local taxes, donations and fees the British administration did not invest in public services. During the whole interwar period, the British, appealing to the terms of the Mandate, rejected the principle of majority rule or any other measure that would give the Arab population, who formed the majority of the population, control over Palestinian territory.
In , the Jewish Agency and the Nazis negotiated the Ha'avara Agreement transfer agreement , under which 50, Jews would be transferred to Palestine. The Jews' possessions were confiscated and in return the Nazis allowed the Ha'avara organization to purchase 14 million pounds worth of German goods for export to Palestine and use it to compensate the immigrants. Although many Jews wanted to leave Nazi Germany, the Nazis prevented Jews from taking any money and restricted them to two suitcases so few could pay the British entry tax and many were afraid to leave.
The agreement was controversial and the Labour Zionist leader who negotiated the agreement, Haim Arlosoroff , was assassinated in Tel Aviv in The assassination was used by the British to create tension between the Zionist left and the Zionist right. Arlosoroff had been the boyfriend of Magda Ritschel some years before she married Joseph Goebbels.
The British used the taxes paid by the Jewish population to build a port and oil refineries at Haifa and to fund their government in Transjordan. Industrialization began to change the predominantly agricultural Palestinian economy. Between and , , Jews arrived in Palestine Fifth Aliyah. Migrants were mainly from Germany and included professionals, doctors, lawyers and professors. German architects of the Bauhaus school made Tel-Aviv the world's only city with purely Bauhaus neighbourhoods and Palestine had the highest per-capita percentage of doctors in the world.
Fascist regimes were emerging across Europe and persecution of Jews increased. In many countries, Jews reverted to being non-citizens deprived of civil and economic rights, subject to arbitrary persecution. Significantly antisemitic governments came to power in Poland the government increasingly boycotted Jews and by had totally excluded all Jews ,  Hungary , Romania and the Nazi created states of Croatia and Slovakia , while Germany annexed Austria and the Czech territories.
Jewish immigration and Nazi propaganda contributed to the large-scale — Arab revolt in Palestine , a largely nationalist uprising directed at ending British rule. The head of the Jewish Agency, Ben-Gurion, responded to the Arab Revolt with a policy of " Havlagah "—self-restraint and a refusal to be provoked by Arab attacks in order to prevent polarization.
The Etzel group broke off from the Haganah in opposition to this policy. The British responded to the revolt with the Peel Commission —37 , a public inquiry that recommended that an exclusively Jewish territory be created in the Galilee and western coast including the population transfer of , Arabs ; the rest becoming an exclusively Arab area. The two main Jewish leaders, Chaim Weizmann and David Ben-Gurion , had convinced the Zionist Congress to approve equivocally the Peel recommendations as a basis for more negotiation. Britain made its attendance contingent on Palestine being kept out of the discussion.
With millions of Jews trying to leave Europe and every country in the world closed to Jewish migration, the British decided to close Palestine. The White Paper of , recommended that an independent Palestine, governed jointly by Arabs and Jews, be established within 10 years. The White Paper agreed to allow 75, Jewish immigrants into Palestine over the period —44, after which migration would require Arab approval. Both the Arab and Jewish leadership rejected the White Paper. With no outside help and no countries ready to admit them, very few Jews managed to escape Europe between and Those caught by the British were mostly imprisoned in Mauritius.
Churchill supported the plan but British Military and government opposition led to its rejection. The British demanded that the number of Jewish recruits match the number of Arab recruits,  but few Arabs would fight for Britain, and the Palestinian leader, the Mufti of Jerusalem , allied with Nazi Germany. The British refusal to provide arms to the Jews, even when Rommel's forces were advancing through Egypt in June intent on occupying Palestine and the White Paper, led to the emergence of a Zionist leadership in Palestine that believed conflict with Britain was inevitable.
Approximately 1. A small group about activists , dedicated to resisting the British administration in Palestine, broke away from the Etzel which advocated support for Britain during the war and formed the "Lehi" Stern Gang , led by Avraham Stern. At about the same time Yitzhak Shamir escaped from the camp in Eritrea where the British were holding Lehi activists without trial, taking command of the Lehi Stern Gang.
Jews in the Middle East were also affected by the war. Most of North Africa came under Nazi control and many Jews were used as slaves. The Jewish Agency put together plans for a last stand in the event of Rommel invading Palestine the Nazis planned to exterminate Palestine's Jews. Between and , the Nazis, aided by local forces , led systematic efforts to kill every person of Jewish extraction in Europe The Holocaust , causing the deaths of approximately 6 million Jews.
A quarter of those killed were children. The Polish and German Jewish communities, which played an important role in defining the pre Jewish world, mostly ceased to exist. In the United States and Palestine, Jews of European origin became disconnected from their families and roots. Sepharadi and Mizrahi Jews , who had been a minority, became a much more significant factor in the Jewish world. In the diaspora , US Jews now dominated the Zionist movement. The British Empire was severely weakened by the war. In the Middle East, the war had made Britain conscious of its dependence on Arab oil.
Although Labour Party conferences had for years called for the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine, the Labour government now decided to maintain the White Paper policies. Illegal migration Aliyah Bet became the main form of Jewish entry into Palestine. Across Europe Bricha "flight" , an organization of former partisans and ghetto fighters , smuggled Holocaust survivors from Eastern Europe to Mediterranean ports, where small boats tried to breach the British blockade of Palestine.
Meanwhile, Jews from Arab countries began moving into Palestine overland. Despite British efforts to curb immigration, during the 14 years of the Aliyah Bet, over , Jews entered Palestine.
In an effort to win independence, Zionists now waged a guerrilla war against the British. In June , following instances of Jewish sabotage , the British launched Operation Agatha , arresting Jews, including the leadership of the Jewish Agency, whose headquarters were raided. Those arrested were held without trial. On 4 July a massive pogrom in Poland led to a wave of Holocaust survivors fleeing Europe for Palestine.
In the US, Congress criticized British handling of the situation and considered delaying loans that were vital to British post-war recovery. Between and , ,—, Jews left Poland. Their departure was largely organized by Zionist activists in Poland under the umbrella of the semi-clandestine organization Berihah "Flight". The British imprisoned the Jews trying to enter Palestine in the Atlit detainee camp and Cyprus internment camps. Those held were mainly Holocaust survivors, including large numbers of children and orphans.
In response to Cypriot fears that the Jews would never leave since they lacked a state or documentation and because the 75, quota established by the White Paper had never been filled, the British allowed the refugees to enter Palestine at a rate of per month. By the Labour Government was ready to refer the Palestine problem to the newly created United Nations. The Arab Higher Committee boycotted the meetings.
During the visit the British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin ordered an illegal immigrant ship, the Exodus , to be sent back to Europe. The migrants on the ship were forcibly removed by British troops at Hamburg. The agreement granted an exemption from military service to a quota of yeshiva religious seminary students and to all orthodox women, made the Sabbath the national weekend, guaranteed Kosher food in government institutions and allowed Orthodox Jews to maintain a separate education system.
Neither Britain nor the UN Security Council took any action to implement the resolution and Britain continued detaining Jews attempting to enter Palestine. Concerned that partition would severely damage Anglo-Arab relations, Britain denied UN representatives access to Palestine during the period between the adoption of Resolution II and the termination of the British Mandate. However, Britain continued to hold formerly illegal Jewish immigrants of "fighting age" and their families on Cyprus until March The General Assembly's vote caused joy in the Jewish community and discontent among the Arab community.
Violence broke out between the sides, escalating into civil war. From January , operations became increasingly militarized, with the intervention of a number of Arab Liberation Army regiments inside Palestine, each active in a variety of distinct sectors around the different coastal towns. They consolidated their presence in Galilee and Samaria. Having recruited a few thousand volunteers, he organized the blockade of the , Jewish residents of Jerusalem. By March, almost all Haganah 's armoured vehicles had been destroyed, the blockade was in full operation, and hundreds of Haganah members who had tried to bring supplies into the city were killed.
Up to , Arabs, from the urban upper and middle classes in Haifa, Jaffa and Jerusalem, or Jewish-dominated areas, evacuated abroad or to Arab centres eastwards. The British, on the other hand, decided on 7 February to support the annexation of the Arab part of Palestine by Transjordan. David Ben-Gurion reorganized Haganah and made conscription obligatory. Every Jewish man and woman in the country had to receive military training. Thanks to funds raised by Golda Meir from sympathisers in the United States, and Stalin's decision to support the Zionist cause, the Jewish representatives of Palestine were able to purchase important arms in Eastern Europe.
Ben-Gurion gave Yigael Yadin the responsibility to plan for the announced intervention of the Arab states. The result of his analysis was Plan Dalet , in which Haganah passed from the defensive to the offensive. The plan sought to establish Jewish territorial continuity by conquering mixed zones. Immediately following the declaration of the new state, both superpower leaders, US President Harry S. Truman and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin , recognized the new state.
The Arab states marched their forces into what had, until the previous day, been the British Mandate for Palestine, starting the first Arab—Israeli War. The Arab states had heavy military equipment at their disposal and were initially on the offensive the Jewish forces were not a state before 15 May and could not buy heavy arms. Czechoslovakia violated the resolution , supplying the Jewish state with critical military hardware to match the mainly British heavy equipment and planes already owned by the invading Arab states. On 11 June, a month-long UN truce was put into effect.
During the ceasefire, Etzel attempted to bring in a private arms shipment aboard a ship called " Altalena ". When they refused to hand the arms to the government, Ben-Gurion ordered that the ship be sunk. Several Etzel members were killed in the fighting. After an initial loss of territory by the Jewish state and its occupation by the Arab armies, from July the tide gradually turned in the Israelis' favour and they pushed the Arab armies out and conquered some of the territory that had been included in the proposed Arab state. At the end of November, tenuous local ceasefires were arranged between the Israelis, Syrians and Lebanese.
No actual peace agreements were signed. With permanent ceasefire coming into effect, Israel's new borders, later known as the Green Line , were established. These borders were not recognized by the Arab states as international boundaries. The Syrians remained in control of a strip of territory along the Sea of Galilee originally allocated to the Jewish state, the Lebanese occupied a tiny area at Rosh Hanikra , and the Egyptians retained the Gaza strip and still had some forces surrounded inside Israeli territory. Jordanian forces remained in the West Bank , where the British had stationed them before the war.
Jordan annexed the areas it occupied while Egypt kept Gaza as an occupied zone. Following the ceasefire declaration, Britain released over 2, Jewish detainees it was still holding in Cyprus and recognized the state of Israel. On 11 May , Israel was admitted as a member of the United Nations. According to United Nations figures, , Palestinians had fled or were evicted by the Israelis between and It became the largest single UN agency and is the only UN agency that serves a single people.
A seat parliament, the Knesset , met first in Tel Aviv then moved to Jerusalem after the ceasefire. In January , Israel held its first elections. The Socialist-Zionist parties Mapai and Mapam won the most seats 46 and 19 respectively. Hebrew and Arabic were made the official languages of the new state.
All governments have been coalitions —no party has ever won a majority in the Knesset. From until all governments were led by Mapai and the Alignment , predecessors of the Labour Party. In those years Labour Zionists , initially led by David Ben-Gurion , dominated Israeli politics and the economy was run on primarily socialist lines. Within three years to , immigration doubled the Jewish population of Israel and left an indelible imprint on Israeli society. The rest of the immigrants were from Europe, including more than , who came from Eastern Europe,  mainly Romania and Poland over , each.
Nearly all the Jewish immigrants could be described as refugees , however only , who immigrated to Israel from Central Europe, had international certification because they belonged to the , Jews registered by the allies as displaced after World War II and living in displaced persons camps in Germany, Austria and Italy. In the Knesset passed the Law of Return , which granted to all Jews and those of Jewish ancestry, and their spouses, the right to settle in Israel and gain citizenship. Jews also fled from Lebanon, Syria and Egypt.
By the late sixties, about , Jews had left Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. Between and , the population of Israel rose from , to two million. During this period, food, clothes and furniture had to be rationed in what became known as the Austerity Period Tkufat haTsena. Immigrants were mostly refugees with no money or possessions and many were housed in temporary camps known as ma'abarot. By , over , immigrants were living in tents or prefabricated shacks built by the government.
Israel received financial aid from private donations from outside the country mainly the United States. During the Knesset debate some 5, demonstrators gathered and riot police had to cordon the building. In , education was made free and compulsory for all citizens until the age of The state now funded the party-affiliated Zionist education system and a new body created by the Haredi Agudat Israel party.
A separate body was created to provide education for the remaining Palestinian-Arab population. The major political parties now competed for immigrants to join their education systems. The government banned the existing educational bodies from the transit camps and tried to mandate a unitary secular socialist education  under the control of "camp managers" who also had to provide work, food and housing for the immigrants.
There were attempts to force orthodox Yemenite children to adopt a secular life style by teachers, including many instances of Yemenite children having their side-curls cut by teachers. This led to the first Israeli public inquiry the Fromkin Inquiry ,  the collapse of the coalition, and an election in , with little change in the results. In the party-affiliated education system was scrapped and replaced by a secular state education system and a state-run Modern Orthodox system.
Agudat Israel were allowed to maintain their existing school system. In its early years Israel sought to maintain a non-aligned position between the super-powers. This, and the failure of Israel to be included in the Bandung Conference of non-aligned states , effectively ended Israel's pursuit of non-alignment. In a military coup in Egypt brought Abdel Nasser to power. Israel's solution to diplomatic isolation was to establish good relations with newly independent states in Africa  and with France, which was engaged in the Algerian War.
In the January elections Mapai won 40 seats and the Labour Party 10, Moshe Sharett became prime minister of Israel at the head of a left-wing coalition. Between and , there were intermittent clashes along all of Israel's borders as Arab terrorism and breaches of the ceasefire resulted in Israeli counter-raids. Palestinian fedayeen attacks, often organized and sponsored by the Egyptians, were made from Egyptian occupied Gaza.
Fedayeen attacks led to a growing cycle of violence as Israel launched reprisal attacks against Gaza. In the Egyptian government began recruiting former Nazi rocket scientists for a missile program. The entire first batch to be discovered were now owned by Israel and housed in the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum. Sharett's government was brought down by the Lavon Affair , a crude plan to disrupt US—Egyptian relations, involving Israeli agents planting bombs at American sites in Egypt.
Defense Minister Lavon was blamed despite his denial of responsibility. The Lavon affair led to Sharett's resignation and Ben-Gurion returned to the post of prime minister. In , the increasingly pro-Soviet President Nasser of Egypt, announced the nationalization of the French and British owned Suez Canal , which was Egypt's main source of foreign currency. Britain and France had already begun secret preparations for military action. It has been alleged that the French also agreed to build a nuclear plant for the Israelis and that by this was able to produce nuclear weapons.
Britain and France arranged for Israel to give them a pretext for seizing the Suez Canal. Israel was to attack Egypt, and Britain and France would then call on both sides to withdraw. When, as expected, the Egyptians refused, Anglo-French forces would invade to take control of the Canal.
On 30 October Britain and France made their pre-arranged call for both sides to stop fighting and withdraw from the Canal area, and for them to be allowed to take up positions at key points on the Canal. Egypt refused and the allies commenced air strikes on 31 October aimed at neutralizing the Egyptian air force. By 5 November the Israelis had overrun the Sinai. The Anglo-French invasion began that day. A demand for a ceasefire was reluctantly accepted on 7 November. This was the first ever UN peacekeeping operation.
The conflict marked the end of West-European dominance in the Middle East. Nasser emerged as the victor in the conflict, having won the political battle, however the Israeli military learnt that it did not need British or French support in order to conquer Sinai and that it could conquer the Sinai peninsula in a few days. The Israeli political leadership learnt that Israel had a limited time frame within which to operate militarily after which international political pressure would restrict Israel's freedom of action.
In , two modern-orthodox and religious-zionist parties, Mizrachi and Hapoel HaMizrachi , joined to form the National Religious Party. The party was a component of every Israeli coalition until , usually running the Ministry of Education. Mapai was once again victorious in the elections , increasing its number of seats to 47, Labour had 7. Ben-Gurion remained Prime Minister.
In , there were renewed skirmishes along Israel's borders that continued throughout the early s. The Arab League continued to maintain an economic boycott and there was a dispute over water rights in the River Jordan basin. With Soviet backing, the Arab states, particularly Egypt, were continuing to build up their forces. Israel's main military hardware supplier was France. Rudolph Kastner , a minor political functionary, was accused of collaborating with the Nazis and sued his accuser.
Kastner lost the trial and was assassinated two years later. In the Supreme Court exonerated him. In May Adolf Eichmann , one of the chief administrators of the Nazi Holocaust, was located in Argentina by the Mossad , which later kidnapped him to Israel. In he was put on trial, and after several months found guilty and sentenced to death.
He was hanged in and is the only person ever sentenced to death by an Israeli court. Testimonies by Holocaust survivors at the trial and the extensive publicity that surrounded it has led the trial to be considered a turning point in public awareness of the Holocaust. In a Herut no-confidence motion over the Lavon affair led to Ben-Gurion's resignation. Ben-Gurion declared that he would only accept office if Lavon was fired from the position of the head of Histadrut , Israel's labour union organization. His demands were accepted and Mapai won the election 42 seats keeping Ben-Gurion as PM with a slight reduction in its share of the seats.
Menachem Begin's Herut party and the Liberals came next with 17 seats each. In the Mossad began assassinating German rocket scientists working in Egypt after one of them reported the missile program was designed to carry chemical warheads. His attempts to make his party Mapai support him over the issue failed. Levi Eshkol became leader of Mapai and the new prime minister. In Yigael Yadin began excavating Masada.
In , Egypt, Jordan and Syria developed a unified military command. Israel completed work on a national water carrier , a huge engineering project designed to transfer Israel's allocation of the Jordan river 's waters towards the south of the country in realization of Ben-Gurion's dream of mass Jewish settlement of the Negev desert. The Arabs responded by trying to divert the headwaters of the Jordan, leading to growing conflict between Israel and Syria.
The 2,strong Jewish community of Cochin had already migrated in Begin's Herut party joined with the Liberals to form Gahal. Mapai and Labour united for the elections , winning 45 seats and maintaining Levi Eshkol as Prime Minister. Ben-Gurion's Rafi party received 10 seats, Gahal got 26 seats becoming the second largest party. Until , Israel's principal arms supplier was France , however in , following the withdrawal from Algeria , Charles de Gaulle announced France would cease supplying Israel with arms and refused to refund money paid for 50 warplanes.
Included in the military hardware would be over M48 tanks. In , Black and white TV broadcasts began. On 15 May , the first public performance of Naomi Shemer 's classic song " Jerusalem of Gold " took place and over the next few weeks it dominated the Israeli airwaves. Egyptian radio broadcasts talked of a coming genocide. Between and Egyptian troops had tested chemical weapons on Yemenite civilians as part of an Egyptian intervention in support of rebels.
Israel responded by calling up its civilian reserves, bringing much of the Israeli economy to a halt. The Israelis set up a national unity coalition, including for the first time Menachem Begin 's party, Herut , in a coalition. During a national radio broadcast, Prime Minister Levi Eshkol stammered, causing widespread fear in Israel. On the morning before Dayan was sworn in, 5 June , the Israeli air force launched pre-emptive attacks destroying first the Egyptian air force, and then later the same day destroying the air forces of Jordan and Syria.
Israel then defeated almost successively Egypt, Jordan and Syria. By 11 June the Arab forces were routed and all parties had accepted the cease-fire called for by UN Security Council Resolutions and East Jerusalem was arguably  annexed by Israel. Residents were given permanent residency status and the option of applying for Israeli citizenship. The annexation was not recognized internationally the Jordanian annexation of was also unrecognized.
Other areas occupied remained under military rule Israeli civil law did not apply to them pending a final settlement. The Golan was also annexed in On 22 November , the Security Council adopted Resolution , the "land for peace" formula, which called for the establishment of a just and lasting peace based on Israeli withdrawal from territories occupied in in return for the end of all states of belligerency, respect for the sovereignty of all states in the area, and the right to live in peace within secure, recognized boundaries.
The resolution was accepted by both sides, though with different interpretations, and has been the basis of all subsequent peace negotiations. After the US began supplying Israel with aircraft and the Soviet block except Romania broke off relations with Israel. Antisemitic purges led to the final migration of the last Polish Jews to Israel.
For the first time since the end of the British Mandate, Jews could visit the Old City of Jerusalem and pray at the Western Wall the holiest site in modern Judaism , to which they had been denied access by the Jordanians in contravention of the Armistice agreement. The four-meter-wide public alley beside the Wall was expanded into a massive plaza and worshippers were allowed to sit, or use other furniture, for the first time in centuries. In Hebron , Jews gained access to the Cave of the Patriarchs the second most holy site in Judaism for the first time since the 14th century previously Jews were only allowed to pray at the entrance.
Sinai oil fields made Israel self-sufficient in energy. There were no other religious settlements until after Ben-Gurion's Rafi party merged with the Labour-Mapai alliance. Ben-Gurion remained outside as an independent. In , compulsory education was extended until the age of 16 for all citizens it had been 14 and the government embarked on an extensive program of integration in education.
The system remained in place until after The attack was in response to land mines placed on Israeli roads. The Israelis retreated after destroying the camp, however the Israelis sustained unexpectedly high casualties and the attack was not viewed as a success. Despite heavy casualties, the Palestinians claimed victory, while Fatah and the PLO of which it formed part became famous across the Arab world.
In early , fighting broke out between Egypt and Israel along the Suez Canal. In retaliation for repeated Egyptian shelling of Israeli positions along the Suez Canal, Israeli planes made deep strikes into Egypt in the — " War of Attrition ". In early , Levi Eshkol died in office of a heart attack and Golda Meir became Prime Minister with the largest percentage of the vote ever won by an Israeli party, winning 56 of the seats after the election. Meir was the first female prime minister of Israel and the first woman to have headed a Middle Eastern state in modern times.
In December , Israeli naval commandos took five missile boats during the night from Cherbourg Harbour in France. Israel had paid for the boats but the French had refused to supply them. In July the Israelis shot down five Soviet fighters that were aiding the Egyptians in the course of the War of Attrition. Following this, the US worked to calm the situation and in August a cease fire was agreed. At the request of the US, Israel moved troops to the border and threatened Syria, causing the Syrians to withdraw. The centre of PLO activity then shifted to Lebanon , where the Cairo agreement gave the Palestinians autonomy within the south of the country.
The area controlled by the PLO became known by the international press and locals as " Fatahland " and contributed to the — Lebanese Civil War. The event also led to Hafez al-Assad taking power in Syria. Egyptian President Nasser died immediately after and was succeeded by Anwar Sadat. Increased Soviet antisemitism and enthusiasm generated by the victory led to a wave of Soviet Jews applying to emigrate to Israel.
Those who left could only take two suitcases. Most Jews were refused exit visas and persecuted by the authorities. Some were arrested and sent to Gulag camps, becoming known as Prisoners of Zion. During , violent demonstrations by the Israeli Black Panthers , made the Israeli public aware of resentment among Mizrahi Jews at ongoing discrimination and social gaps. At the Munich Olympics , two members of the Israeli team were killed, and nine members taken hostage by Palestinian terrorists. A botched German rescue attempt led to the death of the rest along with five of the eight hijackers.
The three surviving Palestinians were released by the West German authorities eight weeks later without charge, in exchange for the hostages of hijacked Lufthansa Flight This and frequent invasion exercises by Egypt and Syria led to Israeli complacency about the threat from these countries. In addition the desire not to be held responsible for initiating conflict and an election campaign highlighting security, led to an Israeli failure to mobilize, despite receiving warnings of an impending attack. The Syrian and Egyptian armies launched a well-planned surprise attack against the unprepared Israeli Defense Forces.
For the first few days there was a great deal of uncertainty about Israel's capacity to repel the invaders. Both the Soviets and the Americans at the orders of Richard Nixon rushed arms to their allies. The Syrians were repulsed by the tiny remnant of the Israeli tank force on the Golan and, although the Egyptians captured a strip of territory in Sinai, Israeli forces crossed the Suez Canal , trapping the Egyptian Third Army in Sinai and were kilometres from Cairo.
The war cost Israel over 2, dead, resulted in a heavy arms bill for both sides and made Israelis more aware of their vulnerability. It also led to heightened superpower tension. Following the war, both Israelis and Egyptians showed greater willingness to negotiate. The war led the Saudi government to initiate the oil crisis , an oil embargo in conjunction with OPEC , against countries trading with Israel.
Severe shortages led to massive increases in the price of oil, and as a result, many countries broke off relations with Israel or downgraded relations, and Israel was banned from participation in the Asian Games and other Asian sporting events. State funding was introduced for elected parties. The new system made parties independent of wealthy donors and gave Knesset members more power over party funding, however it also made them less dependent on existing party structures and able to take their funding elsewhere.
The Likud won 39 seats. In May , Palestinians attacked a school in Ma'alot , holding children hostage. Twenty-two children were killed. Later that year the Agranat Commission , appointed to assess responsibility for Israel's lack of preparedness for the war, exonerated the government of responsibility, and held the Chief of Staff and head of military intelligence responsible. Despite the report, public anger at the Government led to Golda Meir 's resignation. In March there was a massive strike by Israeli-Arabs in protest at a government plan to expropriate land in the Galilee.
There, the Germans separated the Jewish passengers from the non-Jewish passengers, releasing the non-Jews. The hijackers threatened to kill the remaining, odd Jewish passengers and the French crew who had refused to leave. Despite the distances involved, Rabin ordered a daring rescue operation in which the kidnapped Jews were freed. In January , French authorities arrested Abu Daoud , the planner of the Munich massacre, releasing him a few days later. Rabin resigned on April after it emerged that his wife maintained a dollar account in the United States illegal at the time , which had been opened while Rabin was Israeli ambassador.
The incident became known as the Dollar Account affair. Shimon Peres informally replaced him as prime minister, leading the Alignment in the subsequent elections. In a surprise result, the Likud led by Menachem Begin won 43 seats in the elections Labour got 32 seats. This was the first time in Israeli history that the government was not led by the left.
A key reason for the victory was anger among Mizrahi Jews at discrimination, which was to play an important role in Israeli politics for many years. Talented small town Mizrahi social activists, unable to advance in the Labour party, were readily embraced by Begin. Many Labour voters voted for the Democratic Movement for Change 15 seats in protest at high-profile corruption cases.
The party joined in coalition with Begin and disappeared at the next election. In addition to starting a process of healing the Mizrahi— Ashkenazi divide, Begin's government included Ultra-Orthodox Jews and was instrumental in healing the Zionist—Ultra-Orthodox rift, however it did so at the cost of expanding the exemption from military service to all Haredi Jewish students of military age. This led to creation of a huge class of unemployed Haredi Jews the exemption was conditional on attendance of a religious seminary, so they kept studying until they were too old for military service.
By remaining students, they were a massive burden on the state, while also failing to participate in the military burden. Begin actively supported Gush Emunim 's efforts to settle the West Bank and Jewish settlements in the occupied territories received government support, thus laying the grounds for intense conflict with the Palestinian population of the occupied territories. Sadat's two-day visit included a speech before the Knesset and was a turning point in the history of the conflict. The Egyptian leader created a new psychological climate in the Middle East in which peace between Israel and its Arab neighbours seemed possible.
Sadat recognized Israel's right to exist and established the basis for direct negotiations between Egypt and Israel. In March , eleven armed Lebanese Palestinians reached Israel in boats and hijacked a bus carrying families on a day outing, killing 38 people, including 13 children. The attackers opposed the Egyptian—Israeli peace process.
Three days later, Israeli forces crossed into Lebanon beginning Operation Litani. It set out broad principles to guide negotiations between Israel and the Arab states. It also established guidelines for a West Bank—Gaza transitional regime of full autonomy for the Palestinians residing in these territories, and for a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.
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Under the treaty, Israel returned the Sinai peninsula to Egypt in April The final piece of territory to be repatriated was Taba , adjacent to Eilat , returned in The Arab League reacted to the peace treaty by suspending Egypt from the organization and moving its headquarters from Cairo to Tunis. Sadat was assassinated in by Islamic fundamentalist members of the Egyptian army who opposed peace with Israel.
Following the agreement Israel and Egypt became the two largest recipients of US military and financial aid  Iraq and Afghanistan have now overtaken them. On 30 June , the Israeli air force destroyed the Osirak nuclear reactor that France was building for Iraq.
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Three weeks later, Begin won yet again, in the elections 48 seats Likud, 47 Labour. Ariel Sharon was made defence minister. The new government annexed the Golan Heights and banned the national airline from flying on Shabbat. In the decades following the war, Israel's border with Lebanon was quiet compared to its borders with other neighbours.
Palestinian irregulars constantly shelled the Israeli north, especially the town of Kiryat Shmona , which was a Likud stronghold inhabited primarily by Jews who had fled the Arab world. Lack of control over Palestinian areas was an important factor in causing civil war in Lebanon. In June , the attempted assassination of Shlomo Argov , the ambassador to Britain, was used as a pretext for an Israeli invasion aiming to drive the PLO out of the southern half of Lebanon.
Sharon agreed with Chief of Staff Raphael Eitan to expand the invasion deep into Lebanon even though the cabinet had only authorized a 40 kilometre deep invasion. Some of the Shia and Christian population of South Lebanon welcomed the Israelis, as PLO forces had maltreated them, but Lebanese resentment of Israeli occupation grew over time and the Shia became gradually radicalized under Iranian guidance.
Israel helped engineer the election of a new Lebanese president, Bashir Gemayel , who agreed to recognize Israel and sign a peace treaty. Gemayal was assassinated before an agreement could be signed, and one day later Phalangist Christian forces led by Elie Hobeika entered two Palestinian refugee camps and massacred the occupants. In , an Israeli public inquiry found that Israel's defence minister, Sharon, was indirectly but personally responsible for the massacres.
In , the May 17 Agreement was signed between Israel and Lebanon, paving the way for an Israeli withdrawal from Lebanese territory through a few stages. Israel continued to operate against the PLO until its eventual departure in , and kept a small force stationed in Southern Lebanon in support of the South Lebanon Army until May In September , Begin resigned and was succeeded by Yitzhak Shamir as prime minister. The election was inconclusive, and led to a power sharing agreement between Shimon Peres of the Alignment 44 seats and Shamir of Likud 41 seats. Peres was prime minister from to and Shamir from to The party won 4 seats in the first election it contested and over the next twenty years was the third largest party in the Knesset.
Shas established a nationwide network of free Sephardi Orthodox schools. In , during a severe famine in Ethiopia , 8, Ethiopian Jews were secretly transported to Israel. In Natan Sharansky , a famous Russian human rights activist and Zionist refusenik denied an exit visa , was released from the Gulag in return for two Soviet spies. In June , Israel withdrew most of its troops from Lebanon, leaving a residual Israeli force and an Israeli-supported militia in southern Lebanon as a " security zone " and buffer against attacks on its northern territory.
Since then, IDF fought for many years against the Shia organization Hezbollah , which became a growing threat to Israel. Peres introduced emergency control of prices and cut government expenditure successfully bringing inflation under control. Growing Israeli settlement and continuing occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, led to the first Palestinian Intifada uprising in , which lasted until the Madrid Conference of , despite Israeli attempts to suppress it.
Human rights abuses by Israeli troops led a group of Israelis to form B'Tselem , an organization devoted to improving awareness and compliance with human rights requirements in Israel. The Israelis found themselves unable to sustain the huge development costs, and faced US opposition to a project that threatened US influence in Israel and US global military ascendancy. In September , Israel launched an Ofeq reconnaissance satellite into orbit, using a Shavit rocket, thus becoming one of only eight countries possessing a capacity to independently launch satellites into space two more have since developed this ability.
The Alignment and Likud remained neck and neck in the elections seats. Shamir successfully formed a national unity coalition with the Labour Alignment. In March , Alignment leader Shimon Peres engineered a defeat of the government in a non-confidence vote and then tried to form a new government.