Almost seven decades later, children and grandchildren of the signatories of Israel’s Declaration of Independence gathered to recreate the special ceremony at the Knesset this weekend.
"We hereby declare the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz Israel, to be known as the State of Israel." The words comprise but one line in the Israeli Declaration of Independence, but have become a symbol of that momentous occasion, which took place Friday, May 14, 1948. Now, almost 70 years later, some 60 descendants of 37 of the original declaration's signatories gathered in the Knesset Sunday to recreate the historic moment.
Sons and daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all thought back to that fateful day, and to the document that became the cornerstone of the state.
"We were offered to come to the Knesset and were greatly moved by the offer," said Tal Sharett, the granddaughter of Moshe Sharett (Shertok), who attended the event with her son, the former prime minister's great-grandson. . .
“It's very exciting,” says Moshe Sharett's 15-year-old grandson. “I also want to be a politician when I grow up.”