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This six-part chronicle of the birth and development of the Jewish state is hosted and narrated by former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Abba Eban, who also hosted Heritage: Civilization and the Jews. Eban, who played a pivotal role in realizing the dream of a Jewish state, points out that "the series is designed to provide an essential context to an inspiring human story."

Among those featured in interviews and rare archival footage are U.S. Presidents Harry Truman and Richard Nixon, and key leaders Winston Churchill, Anwar Sadat, David Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir, Menachem Begin, and Yitzhak Rabin. Together with Eban's firsthand testimony, this series achieves a diverse perspective of both the Arab and Israeli experience. According to Eban, Israel: A Nation Is Born is a "depiction of the turbulent and dramatic history of Israel, through the conflicts and tensions of five decades, climaxing in the brighter prospects of Arab/Israeli peace."

Special Features

  • All six programs on three discs newly subtitled
  • Letters of tribute from world leaders including President Jimmy Carter, President Bill Clinton, Secretary-General of the U.N. Kofi A. Annan, and King Abdullah II of Jordan
  • 25 year historical timeline from 1978 through the present
  • A video tribute to Abba Eban featuring Henry Kissinger, Arthur Schlesinger, and Mrs. Abba Eban
  • Insert Booklet reprints The New York Times tribute to Abba Eban and contains 120 year historical timeline
  • Interview with former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres

Product Details

  • Actors: Abba Eban
  • Directors: *
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, Russian
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Homevision
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2003
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008UAMZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,297 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Israel: A Nation Is Born" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Nevertheless, I recommend this film highly--it's a great investment!
Juliana
Having said that, however, the films narrated by Abba Eban are quite detailed and very informative on the periods covered, from World War II through 1990.
Alyssa A. Lappen
Mark Twain referred to Israel as a desolate wasteland,but look today and see that the desert blossoms like a rose,as said by the Jewish prophet Isaiah.
maiden pa.

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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 11, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is an exceptional video that explains the formation of the modern state of Israel. It is a story that all should know because of the nature of the Israeli-Arab struggles.
The 6 hours of video are edited by a legenday Israeli figure, Abba Eban, who was the first Israeli abmassador to the UN and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Thus Mr. Eban was a personal witness to most of the events described in the documentary. It begins with the rise of anti-semitism and Hitler and never looks back. The video also does a good job of building tension, and the writers have made hsitory very exciting. There is live footage, for example, of the declaration if Israel as a nation, the UN vote, and the retaking of Jerusalem in 1967. Truly inspiring to see.
The video series is very inormative and is historically accurate. Many atrocities against Israel are documented, but the writers were fair in that the mention the mistakes of Israel too.
This documentary ranks right up there with Ken Burns "Civil War Series" as one of the best of all time. Relive the miracle from a firsthand witness!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Anyechka on April 20, 2006
Format: DVD
This six-part series does a great job of telling the story of the rebirth of the State of Israel. There are interviews with and footage of so many historical and political figures, such as Golda Meir, David Ben Gurion, Yitzchak Rabin, Moshe Dayan, Anwar Sadat, King Hussein, Harry Truman, Abba Eban (the narrator), and Jimmy Carter. There are also interviews with Arabs living in Israel, among them Hanan Ashwari, whom I admire on one hand for her feminist work (esp. since it's not often you see such a prominent feminist in the Arab world) but also feel misgivings about because she's said a lot of anti-Israel things, as though Israel is almost 100% wrong and her own people are almost 100% right, with no gray area or just owning up to some of the basic historical facts presented in this series, instead of painting Israel as an evil monster that can do no right. It really disturbed me to see a poster of Arafat, the father of modern-day terrorism, on the wall behind her.Read more ›
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81 of 97 people found the following review helpful By maiden pa. on February 17, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I love this video set. It is worth every penney it costs. It brings you to tears to watch one of the great prophetic fulfillments of the Bible. A nation reborn after centuries of exile. Mark Twain referred to Israel as a desolate wasteland,but look today and see that the desert blossoms like a rose,as said by the Jewish prophet Isaiah. Hebrew is the only ancient language ever revived. Watch and see first hand the miracle of the nation of Israel. Against absolutely impossible odds it won every war fought,though being out numbered. As a Christian it's fantastic to watch a 20th century miracle. This is a 5 star video series. You won't be disappointed. Also,I recommend Heritage: Civilization and the Jew. You will love both of them.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Arty Abrams on January 26, 2005
Format: DVD
This is a Classy essential documentary. Not a question of if you should buy it; but rather it is a question of why you have not already! It is worth every penny!!! It explains and puts into context the Struggle of the Jewish people against German attempts to annihilate them, their stunning post-war ascension into Statehood in spite of the British (!!!) and the resulting International Geopolitical ramifications of this.
All of this amazing history is made clear and comprehensible in a DVD that includes rarely seen, priceless interviews with Zionist supporters such as President Truman, Clark Clifford and other clips such as that of Warren Austin and to many others to list that your children will not see in our ever increasingly anti-Semitic colleges and universities.
The segment which shows the crucial reading in the UN of the United States' recognition of the Jewish Provisional Government will bring tears and chills to anyone who has even the vaguest understanding of the Ezekiel Chapter 37 Dry Bones prophecy!
It is a mesmerizing story that every Jew and Christian in America should see. A story that spans the ages...of the struggles of a people to survive against supernatural odds and rise again to power and prominence in one of the few stories on earth that can literally claim to be a struggle of Biblical proportions.
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49 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Jass on June 13, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I ordered this video with a lot of interest and found it thoroughly enjoyable. Abba Eban is a very well spoken individual and I found his descriptions very interesting. It certainly captures the historical perspective very well. I did feel, however, that having read a great deal on the conflict that the video was very lacking in many details. I would loved to have seen more on the Entebbe rescue in 1976 as well as more on the Ethiopian Jews that were rescued. The archival footage was captivating - but it left me thirsting for much more. Its definately very difficult to capture so much history in so short a time but I for one, would loved to have seen more world reaction to the events in the Middle East, for instance to have focused a little more on the impotent United Nations and the way they are used as a Arab PR company. However overall I definately reccomend it as a good basis to understand what is happening there but I definately encourage all who view this to do a lot more reading to have a better grasp of the situation in Israel.
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