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The UN Partition Vote in November 1947 Was Important, but Not Crucial

A Jewish state would have arisen even if the vote had never happened, or had gone the other way, because the yishuv had in effect created the state already.

A man carrying bricks in 1920s Tel Aviv. Library of Congress.

A man carrying bricks in 1920s Tel Aviv. Library of Congress.

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Nov. 13 2017
About the author

Benny Morris is a professor of history at Ben-Gurion University and the author of, among other books, 1948: A History of the First Arab–Israeli War (Yale, 2008).


In “Who Saved Israel in 1947?” Martin Kramer has usefully complicated the Truman-to-the rescue narrative that  is favored in many circles by reintroducing both the key role played by the Soviet Union in supporting the yishuv’s aspirations for statehood and, not least, the behind-the-scenes lobbying of the great powers that was conducted by resourceful Zionist diplomats. But has he complicated it enough?

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