56 years ago today, the British mandate over Palestine expired. On that day, Israel declared its independence, and called upon the United Nations to honor its November 29, 1947 declaration, which recognized the Jewish people's right to live in their homeland under their own sovereignity.
56 years ago tomorrow, the seven nations of the Arab league attacked us, with the intention of wiping out our fledgling state.Anyone who says this war started in 2000 is deluding themselves, willingly or otherwise. This war started 56 years ago, and has claimed over 21,000 Jewish lives.
56 years of Arabs trying to destroy us and wipe out our state. 56 years of shootings, bombings, organized strikes and guerilla attacks. 56 years of the rest of the world blaming us for refusing to simply give up and let ourselves be killed.
We're still here.
And, 56 years from now, I intend to say the exact same thing.