Aliyah Bet & Machal Virtual Museum

North American Volunteers In Israel's War of Independence

European Nation Honored as Savior during 50th Mickey Marcus Memorial

Proclamation from Israel to the Czech Republic, Slovakia

As we look back at Israel's history during this 68th Anniversary month, we remember that the nation was in a dire situation as soon as it declared independence. An event that took place on April 17th, 2016, at the US Military Academy at West Point not only memorialized Colonel Mickey Marcus, the American graduate of West Point who became Israel's first modern general, but also thanked the Czech Republic and Slovakia with a proclamation signed by Israel's President Reuven Rivlin, stating that without Czechoslovakia's assistance, Israel's existence would not be likely today. 

Continue Learning about this Historic Event

Read President Reuven Rivlin's Proclamation to the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Also, a Letter to President Rivlin from Smoky Simon, Chairman, World Machal

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