Israel founding documents archive to auction at Nate D Sanders

An archive of 15 written documents relating to the founding of Israel is to cross the block at Nate D Sanders.

The lot, authored by military governor Dov Yosef, dates to between 1948 and 1964 and relates the building of the nation.

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Military governor Dov Yosef authored the documents

It offers a huge level of insight into the early years of the state and its various conflicts with its neighbours. It also indicates the birth of its special relationship with the US.

In the run-up to Israel's declaration of statehood, he writes: "[Israeli diplomat Abbas] Eban referred to inability U.S. guarantee protection Israel flag ships in Gulf.

"Informed our intention make declaration announcing Israel would if necessary use its forces to protect Israel ships and their right against attack.

"Declaration to be made within terms Art. 51 [the UN charter specifying the right of a country to defend itself]. Israel hoped U.S. would express its recognition and declaration by Israel."

The auction house describes the lot as a museum quality piece. It's expected to make in excess of $100,000.

In a similar vein, an archive of letters relating to Israeli military commander Moshe Dayan is valued at more than $75,000.

Dayan famously lost an eye while fighting for the British in Syria in 1941.

He writes: "although I have lost one of my eyes while on active service with our British Forces on the invasion of Syria�ǪI feel I am quite fit again to serve in the Army."

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