The birth of Israel

Sixty-five years ago this week, in the midst of a civil war and at the tail end of the decades-long British Mandate of Palestine, the state of Israel was born. See more photos of 1948 Israel at Life.com.

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    A man and woman happily display the Israeli flag shortly after the establishment of the state of Israel, exact location unknown, May 1948.
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    Soldiers walk down a ruined street, shortly after the establishment of the state of Israel, exact location unknown, May 1948.
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    Israeli men photographed shortly after the establishment of the state of Israel, exact location unknown, May 1948.
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    Israel's Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion reads the Proclamation of Nationhood beneath a portrait of Zionism founder Theodor Herzl. Click for more photos from Life.com.
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    An Israeli soldier examines souvenir from Egyptian Spitfire shot down on Tel Aviv beach.
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