Welcome to History-of-Israel.org
The overall desire behind this website is to contribute
to securing Israel's continued existence as a Jewish
and democratic state, through the achievement of a
just and permanent peace between Israel and its Arab
neighbors, based on a realistic compromise, which
will require concessions from both sides.
Though peace is a goal most likely shared by a majority
of both Israelis and Palestinians, it is doubtful
that the parties would be able to make sufficient
progress without the participation and assistance
of the international community.
If we in the West wish to make a constructive contribution
to the resolution of the conflict, it is necessary
to have a thorough understanding of the underlying
issues. And since our policies, to a large extend,
are driven by public opinion, it is necessary that
not only politicians, but also the public at large,
have a reasonably nuanced picture of what is going
on in this important part of the world.
This is first and foremost the responsibility of
the media and educational institutions, a responsibility
which many of these often fail to live up to. On the
contrary, it is not uncommon to witness such institutions,
deliberately or not, taking direct part in the distortion
and manipulation of facts, both historic and current.
The purpose of this website is therefore to give an
easily accessible, yet accurate presentation of the
history of the modern state of Israel, in order to
provide a background for a better understanding of
the long-running conflict between Israel and its Arab
The material can be used by students from high school
to university level, teachers, journalists, politicians
and anyone else interested in obtaining more knowledge
on the subject.
This English language project is an offshoot of the
Danish website Israel-Online.dk,
which aims to combat misinformation about Israel in
the Danish media. A Danish version of the historical
presentation can be found at IsraelsHistorie.dk.
All material on this site is written by Dan Harder.
First published 2009, latest revision 2015.