Almost a year after David Ben Gurion declared independence for the Jewish state; Israel was welcomed into the global club.
With something of a fraught relationship between the two since, it was nonetheless a positive step. Twelve countries voyted against welcoming the 59th members, including Afghanistan, India and Iraq, while nine, among them Britain, Denmark and Greece, abstained.
Shimon Peres has emphasised Israel's ongoing commitment to fighting antisemitism and delegitimisation at home and in the diaspora as the Jewish state approaches its 63rd birthday.
In a message to diaspora Jews to mark 63 years since David Ben-Gurion declared independence, the Israeli president said: "As we celebrate we can look back on the historic miracle of the birth of a nation."