Israel, a nation born out of conflict and forged through adversity, has become a symbol of resilience and determination in the modern world. Established in 1948, it has since faced numerous challenges to its sovereignty, relying heavily on its military prowess to maintain its existence.

This article explores the intricate relationship between Israel’s military and its sovereignty, tracing the nation’s history from its inception to the present day.

The Birth of Israel

While most scholars would argue Israel’s existence since ancient times, according to the Hebrew Bible, its modern history formally begins with its declaration of independence on May 14, 1948.

The creation of Israel marked the culmination of decades of Zionist aspirations and the end of British rule in Palestine. However, this consequential event was met with immediate hostility from neighboring Arab states, leading to the first Arab-Israeli War, also known as the 1948 War of Independence.