This article was co-authored with Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Seventy-five years ago, from the ashes of the Holocaust, a miracle occurred.
After more than 2,000 years dispersed throughout the four corners of the world, without a homeland, without a native tongue, without an army to protect them, the Jewish people returned to their ancestral biblical home.
On May 14, 1948, a group of Jewish leaders gathered in Tel Aviv to sign the Declaration of the State of Israel — Israel’s Declaration of Independence. This extraordinary document stated, “By virtue of our natural and historic right and on the strength of the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, [we] hereby declare the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz-Israel, to be known as the State of Israel.”
And with that bold declaration, the modern state of Israel was born.
For my family and me, this day brings such deep pride and joy. My husband and I made Aliyah (immigration to Israel) nearly two decades ago, as new immigrants tentatively stepping into the unknown. Today, we are proud Israeli citizens.
My four children, all of whom were born in Israel, regard Hebrew as their mother tongue. We hike where our forefathers walked. We eat from the seven species of the land and enjoy the agricultural bounty from the desert that now blossoms. I rejoice that we have one of the world’s best-trained armies, whose sole purpose is to protect its citizens and the state of Israel and all that she stands for.
I never take for granted that we are living in times that our ancestors only dreamed about. Indeed, God has done wondrous things, and He continues to bring about daily miracles.