The Proclamation of Independence- Central Bureau for Statistics
…The State of Israel will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions…We extend our hand to all neighboring states and their peoples in an offer of peace and good neighborliness, and appeal to them to establish bonds of cooperation and mutual help with the sovereign Jewish people settled in its own land…”

Suggested Discussion Questions:

1.What does it mean for Israel to extend its hand?

2.How much responsibility does Israel have to take in peoples from other countries, especially refugees of genocide?

3.What if taking in people has a negative effect on Israel?

4. How do you think Israel today should incorporate direction provided by Jewish texts?

Time Period: Contemporary (The Yom Kippur War until the present-day)