How important was the holocaust in the establishment of Israel.

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How important was the holocaust in the establishment of Israel

The holocaust seems to be a major reason in the establishment of the state of Israel. The state of Israel was created in May 1948; the Jews finally had a homeland of their own. There were a variety of long-term causes such as the Balfour Declaration, Zionist movement and short-term causes such as the holocaust and the influence of the USA. The area, which is now called Israel, was part of Palestine; it was under British mandate at the start of World War One.

The holocaust is a term used to define the systematic killing of over 6 million Jews by the Nazi regime from the years 1933 to 1945. It took place in Nazi occupied territories, through death camps. After the end of the Second World War, the Allies, and the rest of the world were enlightened to the plight of the Jews during the war period, and their true suffering was revealed to the world. This created an immense international wave of sympathy; people began to question why the Jews could not have their own homeland. After all they had their own language, their own religion and culture. It became hard for Allied leaders to refuse the demands for the Jews, they could not come out and outwardly say “no” and soon they would have to make a clear answer to the demands. The holocaust is seen as such an important cause for the creation of the independent state of Israel because of its proximity to the creation of Israel. The holocaust ended and was discovered in 1945. Israel was created in 1948. It can be argued in the favour of the view the holocaust is the main cause for the creation of Israel because of this fact. Another fact that favours this argument is that Britain in 1939 through the McDonald White Paper was refusing Jews from entering Palestine. The McDonald White Paper was a document that set limitations to the number of Jews allowed to immigrate into Palestine.

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Another cause for the creation of Israel was a promise made by Britain to the Jews, called the Balfour Declaration. However this was not the only promise that Britain made concerning Palestine during this period of time in history. The Balfour declaration stated that if the Jews were to help support Britain during the First World War, Britain would create a homeland in Palestine for the Jews once the war ended. However Britain at the same time also made promises to the Arabs living in the Palestine region that they would give up control over Palestine to the Arabs, ...

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