Pax Israeli

The Israeli Declaration of Independence was issued on May 14, 1948. Eleven minutes after the document was signed, the United States officially recognized Israel, and the world witnessed the beginning of a special and lasting relationship between the two nations. Arab countries were not as accepting, and within a few days, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria invaded, marking the start of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. This was to be the first of many conflicts for the fledgling country and the beginning of the pursuit for a lasting peace.For the last 62 years, the world has seen "permanent" ceasefires, armistices, peace accords, peace treaties, and even land-for-peace deals fall short. Every American president since Truman has made an attempt to broker peace in the Middle East. A few agreements have been successful, notably agreements with Egypt and Jordan. But true peace has still eluded Israel.The Pax Romana, or "Roman Peace," is a historic period of peace enjoyed by the...(Read Full Article)

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