The State of Israel became a nation, to me, long before May 14, 1948.
The Jewish people have faced so much adversity for thousands of years.
Considering the changes going on in the world, it is always nice to get good information directly from the country in question. I have found this website to be the most concise and forthcoming about its information.
If you like to follow these 8.5 million people on 8000 square miles of land, then go to this website.
If you are an Old Testament scholar you can also see this people and how special they really are.
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