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Israel 1948: What happened, when, and why

Academic and historian Colin Shindler explains the four main stages of Israel's creation

    (Photo credit: Getty Images)

    On May 14th, 1948, Israel's Declaration of Independence was made in Tel Aviv, a few hours before the British Mandate was set to expire.

    At midnight the British Mandate of Palestine was officially terminated and the State of Israel came into being.

    Prime Minister David Ben Gurion (centre) in the Negev during the 1948 war
    Prime Minister David Ben Gurion (centre) in the Negev during the 1948 war

    Click on the images below to follow the key stages in this remarkable, world-changing event:



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