A Nation is Born is a five-part video documentary
series presented by former Israeli Foreign Minister
Abba Eban. It chronicles his recollections of, and
his part in, the creation of the State of Israel in
1948, the subsequent conflicts, including the 1967
Six Day War and the 1973 Yom Kippur War; the
Egyptian--Israeli peace treaty and the events of the
Part one portrays the rise of Zionism and President
Trumanís mounting pressure for a Jewish State.
Part two includes the proclamation of Israeli
Statehood on May 14, 1948 ad follows the invasion of
the newborn State by its Arab neighbors, and the
development of the State of Israel in the early
In part three Abba Eban explains how Israel ended
its isolation, culminating in the combined
Anglo-French-Israeli Sinai Campaign of 1956 and his
personal involvement in bringing Adolf Eichmann to
trial in Israel.
Part four starts with events surrounding the Six Day
Ware of 1967. Eban leads diplomatic efforts at the
United Nations resulting in resolution 242.
Part five opens with the 1973 surprise attack by
Egypt and Syria also known as the Yom Kippur War.
Abba Eban describes his personal communications with
King Hussein and other Arab leaders and outlines the
beginning of a new peace process through the Madrid
Conference and beyond.
discs - 270 minutes