Israel: A Battle of Faith

  • Balfour Declaration

    Balfour Declaration
    A declaration from Balfour that states Britain supports a Jewish homeland in Palestine (Ginn, 22).
  • End of WWI and Downfall of Ottoman Empire

    End of WWI and Downfall of Ottoman Empire
    When the Allies defeated the Axis Powers, the Muslim Ottoman Empire, being on the losing side, broke down into the present state of Turkey. This led to Britain controlling Palestine for a brief period of time (Rubenstein, 199).
  • End of WWII

    End of WWII
    The end of WWII was the end of the Nazi persecution and mistreatment of Jews. Many of the Jews, being in displaced person units, had no where to call home due to the destruction of the war (Ginn, 22-23).
  • UN Partition of Palestine

    UN Partition of Palestine
    The United Nations draws out the boundaries of two sovereign nations, one Jewish, Israel, and the other Muslim, Palestine. They also declare Jerusalem an international city (Ginn, 22).
  • Jews Declare Independent State of Israel

    Jews Declare Independent State of Israel
    Once Britain's military has left Palestine and Israel became an official state, the Palestinians and Arab neighbors declared war (Rubenstein, 199).
  • Armistice Signed in Israel

    Armistice Signed in Israel
    The armistice ended the first period of war between Palestine and Israel.
  • Suez War

    Suez War
    There was conflict between Israel and its arab neighbor Egypt, who supported the Palestinians. Israel fought into the Sinai peninsula in order to reach or control the Suez canal (Rubenstein, 199).
  • Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Created

    Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Created
    The PLO was created in order to retain all of their "stolen" land from the Jews. They coordinate many retaliations against the Jews (Ginn, 23).
  • Six Day War

    Six Day War
    During the Six Day War, Israel acquired the Sinai peninsula and the Gaza Strip from Egypt, the Golan Heights from Syria, and the Old City portion of Jerusalem (Rubenstein, 200).
  • Yom Kippur War

    Yom Kippur War
    During the Yom Kippur War, Israel conquered land on the Egyptian mainland and Egypt regained some of its land on the Sinai peninsula (Rubenstein, 199).
  • Peace Treaty Signed

    Peace Treaty Signed
    This peace treaty between the Palestinians and the Jews was designed in order to make ammends between the two religions, but frequent suicide bombers and Israeli retaliations make peace nearly impossible (Hodges, 44).