The journey through time experienced at the Palmach Museum in Tel Aviv, Israel, takes the visitor to the 1940s, a stormy decade around the world and a turning point in the history of the Jewish people.
The virtual tour in the bunker-like museum allows visitors to see the story through the eyes of those who played a decisive role in the creation of the State of Israel. Palmach, an abbreviation for Plugot Machatz [Attack Force] emerged from the Haganah, a voluntary military organization that was established in 1920 when the British Mandate ruled Israel prior to the State.
In the early 1940s, when the Germans invade Africa, and Syria and Lebanon are under the control of the Vichy regime, the British train and employ Haganah / Palmach forces to help defeat an Axis invasion. But when Rommell retires from Egypt in 1942, the British, with no need for additional forces,
Tell the Haganah to return their uniforms and weapons, and to dissolve.
The leaders of Haganah and Palmach decide that the time has come to go underground. But the funds are very necessary. The mutually beneficial plan presented by the kibbutzim to the leaders of Palmach and Haganah, whereby the members of Haganah and Palmach would work and train in kibbutz, proves to be an excellent solution. Over a period of three years, from 1942 to 1945, the Palmach trains men and women. The naval platform of Palmach trains SEALS and brings refugees from Europe, challenging the British mandate. New settlements are created for newly arrived Holocaust survivors.
In 1947, the historic vote in the United Nations accepted the Partition Plan, thus creating the Jewish state next to a Palestinian state.
The Partition Plan, however, was not accepted by the Arab mother countries, and in 1948 the new Jewish state was attacked by Arab armies. The 7,000-member Palmach lost 30% of its men and women fighting for the new state.
And when the walk through history ends, and you find tears running down your face, you ask when the fight will stop. When can two peoples live together in peace? And you pray for that day to be here.
Daily tours are available, but it is necessary to book in advance.