Israel History

Israel History

Jewish Immigration to Pre-State Israel

The story of who went to Palestine, and how these successive waves of Jewish immigration shaped Jewish life there from 1881-1939.

Israel History

Israel’s War of Independence

Establishing a new nation and defending It

Israel History

Modern Israeli History: A Timeline

Key moments in the Jewish state's history.

Israeli Settlements: Questions and Answers

An overview of these Jewish communities in the West Bank — and why they are so controversial.

Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and the Making of Modern Hebrew

The Lithuania-born visionary turned an ancient language into a spoken one.

Israeli History Quiz

How much do you know about the history of Zionism and the Jewish state?

Jews and Arabs in British Mandate Palestine

During the interwar period, the two populations struggled to lay claim to the land.

Theodor Herzl

The foremost leader of Political Zionism was inspired by the Dreyfus Affair.

Whose Jerusalem?

A history of Jerusalem since Israel's establishment.

Why the Oslo Accords Failed

What went wrong between the Israelis and Palestinians?

David Ben-Gurion

The first prime minister of the Jewish state.

Golda Meir

Born in Russia and raised in America, she became Israel's first and only female prime minister.

Hava Nagila’s Long, Strange Trip

The unlikely history of a Hasidic melody.

Who Was Yitzhak Rabin?

A man of war and a man of peace.

The Six-Day War

Provoked by an Egyptian military buildup, Israel fights back.