By Moshe Feiglin
On the 29th of November, 1947, the UN did not really make a decision. The famous Partition Plan was only a recommendation to partition “Palestine”, give a small part to the Jews and the rest to the Arabs.
It was only a recommendation. The UN did not send troops to enforce its plan, the Arabs immediately rejected it and it had no practical significance.
The establishment of the State of Israel was not contingent – neither legally nor practically – on the UN Partition Plan. The British fought against us (within the framework of the Jordanian army) and the arms that did reach Israel mostly came from the Soviet bloc – and had no connection to the Partition Plan.
What were the factors that did bring about the establishment of the State of Israel?
The blood of the IDF soldiers.
And the miracles of our Father in Heaven.
And what guaranteed the continued existence of Israel after it was established?
The fact that the Partition Plan of November 29th was never fulfilled…
Because in the impossible borders proposed by the Partition Plan (without the Galilee, Nahariya, Be’er Sheva and Ashdod) and with approximately 400,000 Arabs remaining in a small area with about 600,000 Jews, the Plan did not leave any practical chance for the State to survive.
What we are really celebrating today is the legitimacy that the State of Israel received from the nations of the world for a fleeting moment.
It behooves us to remember how the State actually did come to be and how it will continue to exist.