This Day in History - June 30th

The last British troops depart from Israel in what is descibed as: Israel's best days" June 30th 1948

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Port of Haifa
Port of Haifa
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On this day in history, the last British troops boarded ships at the port of Haifa and departed from Israel in an event which was described by Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion as “One of the greatest days in the State of Israel's history.” Oddly enough, it was the British government that helped to kick off the modern Zionist movement with the Balfour Declaration, in which it declared its support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in what is now Israel.

In 1939, British troops were actively preventing Jewish immigrants from entering the land and began limiting land purchases by Jews. The Jewish Resistance, led by the Irgun and Lehi, began in 1944 and escalated in 1945 with the joining of the larger Haganah organization, as it became clear that the British had no intentions of allowing significant Jewish immigration, nor in keeping their word to establish a Jewish State anytime soon. When it was over, some 3,000 people lost their lives. Over 2,000 Arabs, 547 Jews, and 126 British soldiers, were killed during the conflict.

In a modern day defeat reminiscent of the Israelites vs the Egyptian Empire, or David vs Goliath, what began as a small Jewish insurgency in 1944, ended four years later with the defeat of the Great British Empire, and their last troops quietly setting sail from the port of Haifa. This happened on this day, June 30th,1948

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