Israel, as a modern state, was founded on the 14th of May 1948 – 70 years ago. The next day they were attacked by Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Syria. It took 13 months for Israel to win the War of Independence. In 1950 they enacted the Law of Return granting automatic citizenship to anyone of Jewish matrilineal descent.

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