This right is the natural right of the Jewish people to be masters of their own fate, like all other nations, in their own sovereign state.
“Accordingly we, members of the people’s council, representatives of the Jewish community of the Land of Israel and of the Zionist movement, are here assembled on the day of the termination of the British Mandate over Eretz-Israel and, by virtue of our natural and historic right and on the strength of the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, hereby declare the establishment of a Jewish state in the Land of Israel, to be known as the State of Israel.” Thus announced Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion, on Friday May 14, 1948.
His declaration sounds like any other statement made by a political leader; a simple, mundane announcement. But for Jews sitting next to their radios, in Israel and throughout the world, several hours before sunset which would usher in the Sabbath, Ben Gurion’s declaration, made in the ancient language of the Jewish People, on the soil of the ancient Land of Israel, was something which they had hoped for, prayed for, and anticipated for thousands of years. Tears of joy streamed down the faces of Jews in the diaspora, and in Israel. The ancient prophecies had alighted upon the stage of history and the Jewish People had come home.