16, 1948 edition of Jewish newspaper The Palestine Post,
soon to be renamed The Jerusalem Post. May 15 was Shabbat.
"The first independent Jewish State for 19 centuries was born in Tel
Aviv as the British Mandate over Palestine came to an end
at midnight on Friday, and it was immediately subjected to the test
of fire. As "Medinat Israel" (State of Israel) was proclaimed,
the battle for Jerusalem raged, with most of the city falling to the
Jews. At the same time, President Truman announced that the United States would accord recognition to the new State. A few hours
later, Palestine was invaded by Moslem armies from the south, east and north, and Tel Aviv was raided from the air. On Friday the United
Nations Special Assembly adjourned after adopting
a resolution to appoint a mediator but without taking any action on
the Partition Resolution of November 29.
Yesterday the battle for the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv road was still
underway, and two Arab villages were taken. In the north,
Acre town was captured, and the Jewish Army consolidated its
positions in Western Galilee."