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Although I have been reading books about Indian Jews for some time, none of my pressing questions seem to be answered by them: namely, why would a population that never experienced anti-Semitism choose to move to Israel? How did Zionism enter the Indian Jewish consciousness?
"In May 1948 Ben Gurion declared the independence of the new state of Israel. It was immediately attacked by Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon". But a good student of history would ask: Israel declared its independence from whom? From their British partners who, at least initially, trained them militarily and politically? From the Palestinians who did not have the military advantages and materiel that the European Jews had access to?