Brigadier General (Res) Avigdor Kahalani
Chairman of the Assoc. on behalf of the Soldier
The independence was declared at Dizengoff House in Tel Aviv on Friday, 14th of May 1948, which was the last day of the British Mandate in the land of Israel.
The Jewish settlement knew that when the Mandate terminated, the Arab armies would invade the country in order to prevent the implementation of the United Nations
partition plan for Palestine
In spite of the risk in this declaration, the leaders of the Jewish settlement decided, to declare the establishment of the State of Israel
The National Council of 37 members changed its name to the Temporary Council of the state, and became the legislative body.
The Temporary Council became the temporary government, and the chairman was David Ben-Gurion.
He read out the declaration of Independence, which was the first constitutional document of Israel
The Declaration of Independence outlined the conduct and character of the State as the state of the Jews, to gather in the Jews from the Diaspora, and relate to its citizens as equals, no matter what their religion, race or gender
David Ben-Gurion became the first prime minister, and was the Minister of Defense in the temporary government.
Israel celebrates Independence Day every year on the 5th Iyar.
On the same night, the United States recognized the new state.
Three days later, Russia also recognized the state as did other countries around the world.
The day after the declaration of independence, the Arab armies of five states invaded the country, and so began the War of Independence.