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The Creation of Israel was an Extraordinary Event, but Also a Normal One

Likewise, it was the work of leaders and heroes—but also of millions of people who sacrificed all to achieve it.

The SS Atzmaut docks in Haifa in 1949 carrying Jewish refugees from Eastern Europe. Eldan David/Government Press Office of Israel.

The SS Atzmaut docks in Haifa in 1949 carrying Jewish refugees from Eastern Europe. Eldan David/Government Press Office of Israel.

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Nov. 16 2017
About the author

Michael Mandelbaum is the Christian A. Herter Professor Emeritus of American Foreign Policy at The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., and the author, most recently, of Mission Failure: America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era (Oxford).


Martin Kramer’s superb essay, “Who Saved Israel in 1947?,” together with his earlier and equally praiseworthy Mosaic article, “The Forgotten Truth About the Balfour Declaration,” exemplifies revisionist history at its best.

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