The trip through time knowledgeable at the Palmach Museum I n Tel Aviv, Israel, normally takes the visitor back to the 1940s, a stormy several years around the world, and a transforming point in the history of the Jewish men and women.
The exclusive tour in the bunker-like museum permits visitors to see historical past through the eyes of those who were important in creating the State of Israel. Palmach, an acronym of Plugot Machatz [Strike Force] sprang from the Haganah, a volunteer armed forces organization that was founded in 1920 when the British Mandate decided pre-State Israel.
By the beginning 1940s, when the Germans get into Africa, and Syria and Lebanon are under the management of the Vichy regime, the British train and implement the Haganah/Palmach forces to help beat an Axis invasion. But when Rommel excursions from Egypt in 1942, the British, with no more need for extra forces, tell the Haganah to return their clothing and weapons, and disband.
The Haganah and Palmach leaders choose the time has come to go underground. But resources are badly required. The mutually valuable plan introduced by the kibbutzim to the Palmach and Haganah leaders, whereby Haganah and Palmach participants would work and train on a kibbutz, shows to be an excellent remedy.
Over a three year period, from 1942-1945, the Palmach train men and females. The naval platform of the Palmach trains SEALS and brings over refugees from Europe, in defiance of the British Mandate. New agreements are created for the newly came Holocaust survivors.
In 1947 the ancient vote in the United Nations recognized the Partition Plan, thereby creating the Jewish state side by side with a Palestinian state.
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The Partition Plan, however, was not accepted by the neighboring Arab countries, and in 1948 the newly created Jewish state was infected by Arab armies. The 7000-member Palmach lost 30% of its men and women battling for the new state.