Eisenhower Urges Israel to Adhere to UN Resolutions

February 20, 2019

In a nationally televised address to the American people, President Dwight Eisenhower discusses the tense situation in the Middle East in the aftermath of the October 1956 Suez War.

Leaders Meet to Discuss Jewish Land Purchase Strategies

February 19, 2019

Zionist leaders debate how to confront proposed British restrictions on Jewish land purchase in Palestine.

Jews in Safed Petition for Protection

February 18, 2019

Jews in Safed deliver a petition to the Ottoman Sultan seeking protection against extortion, robberies, and violence from local officials.

Policy Planning Staff Seeks Non-implementation of Partition Resolution

February 17, 2019

The US State Department prepares a memorandum for Secretary of State George Marshall and President Truman seeking non-implementation of the UN partition resolution (181) on Palestine.

Aharon Appelfeld Is Born

February 16, 2019

Aharon Appelfeld, an Israeli author, professor, and Holocaust survivor is born near Czernowitz, Ukraine (then part of Bukovina, Romania).

Salvator Cicurel Passes Away

February 15, 2019

Former Egyptian Olympic fencer and leader of the Cairo Jewish community, Salvator Cicurel passes away.

Theodor Herzl’s The Jewish State Is Published

February 14, 2019

“Der Judenstaat” (The Jewish State), subtitled, “An Attempt at a Modern Solution to the Jewish Question,” by Theodor Herzl is first published in Vienna. 500 copies are originally printed and distributed.

1930 Passfield White Paper Is Rejected by British PM Ramsey MacDonald

February 13, 2019

The White Paper contained distinct threats to the geography of the Jewish National Home. The subsequent nine years saw unprecedented growth of Jewish demographic and physical presence in Palestine.

First Basic Law of Israel Is Established

February 12, 2019

The first of eleven Basic Laws is issued by the Israeli parliament. Basic Laws are originally intended to form the basis of an Israeli Constitution, but the constitution remains unwritten.

AJC Adopts New Policy Statement on Israel-Diaspora Relations

February 11, 2019

The Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee adopts a new Policy Statement on Israel-Diaspora Relations.

Charles Winters Is Born

February 10, 2019

Charles Winters, an American who helps Israel acquire fighter planes in 1948, is born in Brookline, Massachusetts. 

Israel and PLO Sign Second Agreement

February 9, 2019

Five months after the signing of the Declaration of Principles (DOP) on the White House lawn, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat sign an agreement in Cairo.