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Israel: A Nation Is Born
Israel A Nation Is Born
Actor: Abba Eban
Director: *
Genres: Documentary
NR     2003     6hr 0min

This six-part chronicle of the birth and development of the Jewish state is hosted and narrated by former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Abba Eban, who also hosted Heritage: Civilization and the Jews. Eban, who played a pi...  more »


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Actor: Abba Eban
Director: *
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Biography
Studio: Homevision
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/24/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2002
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 6hr 0min
Screens: Black and White,Color
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish, Russian

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Movie Reviews

Divine protection
maiden pa. | bedford, pa United States | 02/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love this video set. It is worth every penney it costs. It brings you to tears to watch one of the great prophetic fulfillments of the Bible. A nation reborn after centuries of exile. Mark Twain referred to Israel as a desolate wasteland,but look today and see that the desert blossoms like a rose,as said by the Jewish prophet Isaiah. Hebrew is the only ancient language ever revived. Watch and see first hand the miracle of the nation of Israel. Against absolutely impossible odds it won every war fought,though being out numbered. As a Christian it's fantastic to watch a 20th century miracle. This is a 5 star video series. You won't be disappointed. Also,I recommend Heritage: Civilization and the Jew. You will love both of them."
Wonderful story about the modern state of Israel
Albert Cerussi | Lake Forest, CA United States | 07/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is an exceptional video that explains the formation of the modern state of Israel. It is a story that all should know because of the nature of the Israeli-Arab struggles.The 6 hours of video are edited by a legenday Israeli figure, Abba Eban, who was the first Israeli abmassador to the UN and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Thus Mr. Eban was a personal witness to most of the events described in the documentary. It begins with the rise of anti-semitism and Hitler and never looks back. The video also does a good job of building tension, and the writers have made hsitory very exciting. There is live footage, for example, of the declaration if Israel as a nation, the UN vote, and the retaking of Jerusalem in 1967. Truly inspiring to see.The video series is very inormative and is historically accurate. Many atrocities against Israel are documented, but the writers were fair in that the mention the mistakes of Israel too.This documentary ranks right up there with Ken Burns "Civil War Series" as one of the best of all time. Relive the miracle from a firsthand witness!"
Very interesting synopsis of the history
Jass | Auckland New Zealand | 06/13/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I ordered this video with a lot of interest and found it thoroughly enjoyable. Abba Eban is a very well spoken individual and I found his descriptions very interesting. It certainly captures the historical perspective very well. I did feel, however, that having read a great deal on the conflict that the video was very lacking in many details. I would loved to have seen more on the Entebbe rescue in 1976 as well as more on the Ethiopian Jews that were rescued. The archival footage was captivating - but it left me thirsting for much more. Its definately very difficult to capture so much history in so short a time but I for one, would loved to have seen more world reaction to the events in the Middle East, for instance to have focused a little more on the impotent United Nations and the way they are used as a Arab PR company. However overall I definately reccomend it as a good basis to understand what is happening there but I definately encourage all who view this to do a lot more reading to have a better grasp of the situation in Israel."
An inspiring series
Anyechka | Rensselaer, NY United States | 04/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This six-part series does a great job of telling the story of the rebirth of the State of Israel. There are interviews with and footage of so many historical and political figures, such as Golda Meir, David Ben Gurion, Yitzchak Rabin, Moshe Dayan, Anwar Sadat, King Hussein, Harry Truman, Abba Eban (the narrator), and Jimmy Carter. There are also interviews with Arabs living in Israel, among them Hanan Ashwari, whom I admire on one hand for her feminist work (esp. since it's not often you see such a prominent feminist in the Arab world) but also feel misgivings about because she's said a lot of anti-Israel things, as though Israel is almost 100% wrong and her own people are almost 100% right, with no gray area or just owning up to some of the basic historical facts presented in this series, instead of painting Israel as an evil monster that can do no right. It really disturbed me to see a poster of Arafat, the father of modern-day terrorism, on the wall behind her. The historical facts as presented here show the nation's miraculous rebirth, the struggle it had on its way to being reborn, all of the wars Israel has had waged against it over the years just to defend its existence (the first of which was waged against it when it had barely declared its independence), the anti-Israel bias demonstrated by the UN while at the same time turning a blind eye to terrorism and wars waged against it at every turn, the years when it has experienced peace and calm instead of constant terrorist attacks or preparations for war, what a good job it did of taking in so many immigrants (from Ethiopia, the former Soviet Union, Europe, Northern Africa, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and those who voluntarily came from Western nations as opposed to immigrating because they had no other choice), what really caused the refugee crisis among the Arabs who fled Israel in the wake of the War of Independence, political developments, and, yes, the fact that it has made some mistakes over the years. But even though the government has made some mistakes, as all governments have, it doesn't change the fact that in 70 years, it went from a sparsely-populated near-wasteland to a thriving modern nation with a huge population, many new citizens taken in and made a part of society, and saw the rebirth of Hebrew, the only language to date which has come back from the dead. I don't see how it could be called one-sided, since the historical facts and evidence support these things so strongly, contrary to the lies spun by the anti-Israel lobby. Sometimes there is only one right side. They even, as aforementioned, had a number of interviews with people who have a different perspective on things.

However, I do agree that for the uninitiated, it might seem a bit overwhelming, since it does kind of start in media res. Someone not incredibly familiar with Israeli history might indeed want a lot more background information to put it all in perspective and understand the meaning of these names, organizations, and Hebrew and Arabic terms. It might have been better had it begun in the wake of WWI instead of on the eve of WWII, since the events that happened in the interwar years were so instrumental in shaping the course of Israeli history and its struggle for rebirth. It isn't fair to assume that just because you're already intimately familiar with this material, all other viewers are too. One also wishes there were a fourth disc in the series, to cover everything that has happened since 1997, the final year covered. Still, all in all, there's a lot of great material here and it should leave the viewer wanting more, inspired to read more and to find more documentaries like this one."