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.
About the Author: Mark Schulte has written about World War II and the liberation of the concentration camp for two decades for The Jewish Press, New York Post, Weekly Standard, New York Daily News and other publications.
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