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Winston Churchill

This Declaration of Independence from the British – based on Ben-Gurion’s unshakable determination that America would be the leading power in the Middle East and North Africa after the war – also poignantly declared that the conference “offers a message of hope and encouragement to…Jews in the Ghettos and concentration camps of Hitler-dominated Europe and prays that their hour of liberation may not be far distant.”

In May 1948, six years after the historic Biltmore Conference, Ben-Gurion and other Jewish leaders in Palestine rejected the warning of Secretary of State George Marshall that they couldn’t win a war against the surrounding Arab countries and declared a Jewish state reborn after nearly two millennia.

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