On November 29, 1947, members of the United Nations (UN) voted to reconstitute the Jewish national home in the Jewish people’s ancient homeland. The United Nations voted and approved Resolution 181, finally declaring the Jewish right to return and cultivate their homeland among the nations of the world. The year following the UN’s historic vote in favor of the Jewish State’s creation – on May 14, 1948 – David Ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel, declared the nation of Israel’s independence. The Jewish national home was reinstated and, once again, called by it’s historic name: Israel. At Just one day old, Israel was attacked by the armies of neighboring Arab countries and the Arab legion – an army comprised of a combination of local Arabs and Arabs from Jordan. The new enemies to the Jewish State were motivated by a refusal to recognize Israel’s right to exist.

Below is a list of the countries that voted on whether or not to back the creation of the State of Israel.

In favour: 33

Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Byelorussian S.S.R., Canada, Costa Rica, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Haiti, Iceland, Liberia, Luxemburg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Sweden, Ukrainian S.S.R., Union of South Africa, U.S.A., U.S.S.R., Uruguay, Venezuela.

Against: 13

Afghanistan, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Yemen.

Abstained: 10

Argentina, Chile, China, Colombia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Honduras, Mexico, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia.

Today, 70 years after Israel’s recognition among the nations, Israel continues to be a beacon of hope in the middle east and the world. The State of Israel has yielded scientists who have pioneered some of the greatest medical advances to date and has produced technology that is used by laypersons and businesses alike throughout the world. In commemorating this special day in Israeli history, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a special thanks to the United States, who has been a long standing supporter of Israel, both inside and outside the United Nations. (The historic vote took place at the Queens Museum in New York, home of the General Assembly at the time of the vote. The Queens Museum has hosted events commemorating the United Nations vote to establish a Jewish state, with the exception of a short period in which the museum stopped the event, due to Arab pressure to have it cancelled.)

As part of the Prime Ministers address to our friends in the United States, Netanyahu said, “Greetings to all you, who are gathered in the actual hall that the UN voted on partition in 1947. This was a truly historic decision… in Israel people were glued to their radios. And then they broke out dancing in the streets. This was a prelude to Israel’s rebirth as a nation.”

“I have no doubt that we’ll gather together again in another 70 years to celebrate Israel’s continued progress, it’s prosperity, its power and the peace that it has achieved with its neighbors because of all of you and all of us,” Netanyahu remarked.

 

ברכת ראש הממשלה נתניהו לכ״ט בנובמבר

החלטת האו"ם בכ"ט בנובמבר הייתה המבוא ללידתה מחדש של ישראל כאומה עצמאית.I sent a video greeting for the event marking the 70th anniversary of passage of the UN Partition Plan of November 29, 1947, at the Queens Museum in New York, home of the General Assembly at the time of the vote. US Vice President Mike Pence, ambassadors, senior UN officials and representatives of American Jewish communities from across the United States attended the event. I have no doubt that we will gather together again in another 70 years to celebrate Israel's continued progress, its prosperity, its power, and the peace that it achieved with its neighbors because of all of you, and all of us.

Posted by ‎Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו‎ on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Prime Minister also thanked the United States ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, who has been one of Israel’s most staunch supporters at the UN. Unfortunately, aside from the US and other exceptional friends of Israel at the UN, there has been a shift in sentiments at the UN since 1947. Today, extreme anti-Israel sentiments are the order of the day at the UN and member countries have been quick to pass resolutions condemning Israel. We look forward to the day when the UN will return to recognizing Israel as what is right in the middle east.

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