And always, it actuall is an ongoing debate and, arguably, an unending struggle to decide who owns Jerusalem, that who has deeper roots in the ity, that who can finally claim Jerusalem as their own city – Jewish, Muslims or Christians.Even though the book doesn ’ t answer this question, it eems the only and an apt choice to name “ O Jerusalem ” as “ O Jerusalem ” .Now, like “ Freedom at Midnight ”, his book too spans over the period of a ear, here, from November 29th, 1947 to July 17th, 1948.It all started on 29th November, 1947, when UN declared the partition of Palestine among Arabs and Jews, allowing Jews, who have been struggling for centuries to have their own country, to have their own nation in their part of Palestine, after English rule would end in 1948.
This proposal was considered the only wise resolution to the thirty month of struggle between Jews and Arabs for the control of Palestine.Arabs, with hatred and abhorrence for Jews ( feelings were mutual though), couldn ’ t ven stand the thought of giving up their land to Jews, to allow them to find their nation.
And thus started the preparations for an inevitable war between Arabs and Jews.Not what the future of Palestine ’ s impending days held appeared in the streets soon after UN ’ s declaration.
Jews rejoicing the promise of their nation in the streets of Palestine, Britishers joining them, even some Arabs who have been living with their neighboring Jews for years joined the celebration.
e it Germany, where hundreds of them were killed in the horrendous way possible by infamous Hitler, or any other country like Poland and Russia, Jews have suffered, et, omehow, always survived what could have led to the extinction of a community.
And now was the time, Gurion knew, to own what they deserve.Not that Gurion was unaware of their community ’ s shortcomings; there were not enough people to combat, not enough ammunition to fight with, not enough funds to buy some, not enough allies they could rely upon for any help, not enough food and water to sustain its civilians in the coming days of war.
Possessor of enough people, enough ammunition, enough funds and enough support ( from Syria, Transjordan, Lebanon and Egypt), Arabs had everything that could perhap be needed to win war, except one thing – the passion and desire that Jews had.
Which doesn ’ t seem amusing if looked at, as one community involved in a war had its existence and survival at stake and the other had its pride.As soon as could have been ossible, both – Jews and Arabs, got engaged in arranging what they ould be needing the most in upcoming days, ammunitions and trained people.Jew ’ s community, which wasn ’ t even half of Arab ’ s, turned their weakness into strength by not restricting their army to be inclusive of just boys and men.
There ’ s reason why it is said that it took the sacrifice of an entire Jewish generation to bring a nation of theirs into existence.Golda Meir, another significant figure in the history of Israel, took into her hands for arranging funds and if it weren ’ t for her, Jews would never have gotten enough of their artillery and ammunitions and, lso, the food and water.
It was those funds that got the Jewish soldiers their jackets to survive the cold months of Palestine.But the greatest fear looming over Jews during 1947-1948 was even graver, that was of food and water.
Arabs had the neighboring countries but Jews had none, and instead, even if they decide, they couldn ’ t leave.Lives of civilians became hell living underground and in basements.
Anothe moment the proposal was accepted by both the communities, Jews knew they could finally realize their centuries-old dream, and Arabs ( some of the Arab leaders who were against accepting the ceasefire) knew they had given their enemy the opportunity of defeating them.One of the Arab leaders noted –* ‘ If we ould not defeat them when they lacked everything, how an we win when they ill have everything. ’ And as it turned out to be true, during the pause of those 30-days, Jews got everything they needed.
Ammunitions reached Israel, untrained soldiers were trained, Israeli fighter-planes took their first flight, warehouses were filled with food that wil last for a long one year.