Gordis 6 – The Military Might Leading to Statehood

In the decade before the establishment of Israel, three paramilitary groups emerged that played a critical role in the state’s establishment. These groups were each run by a man who ultimately becomes one of Israel’s prime ministers: (1) the Haganah, run indirectly by David Ben Gurion; (2) the Irgun (Etzel), run by Menachen Begin; and (3) the Lehi, run by Yitzach Shamir. Dr. Daniel Gordis explores the role of these groups as well as the existential condition of Jews in that time period, and the British abandonment of the regions ultimately leading to control being handed over to the United Nations.