The English-language blog of the Israel State Archives (ISA)
Thursday, October 18, 2012
No, not the upcoming elections of January 22nd 2013: we're an archive. So it's the first elections in Israeli history, which took place in 1949, even as the War of Independence wasn't quite over and large numbers of Jews were still on their way to the new State of Israel. Here's a newsreel (in English) from those days, as made by the United Israel Appeal - which was, of course, a fundraising organization, and so can be excused the spot of hyperbole:
(file number קב-393.1)
Actually, hyperbole or not, most countries newly set up in the late 1940s (and 1950s, and 1960s) needed decades before they grew into real functioning democracies. So perhaps the self satisfaction wasn't entirely unwarranted.