The UN vote, taking place in the main gallery of the Queens Museum.
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NEW YORK – The State of Israel is returning to the hall in Flushing Meadows, New York, where the crucial vote to establish a Jewish state was held on November 29th, 1947.
Israel’s Mission to the United Nations is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the historic United Nations vote on Resolution 181 that called for the establishment of a Jewish state. The event is taking place at the Queens Museum that served as UN headquarters in 1947.
United States Vice President Mike Pence will be the guest of honor and deliver the keynote address on the eve of his planned visit to Israel. Dozens of ambassadors will participate in the event, including representatives of the 33 countries that voted in favor of establishing the new state 70 years ago. The main hall of the Queens Museum has be redesigned to resemble the UN assembly as it was in 1947.
Other guests expected at the gathering include Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and more than 50 UN ambassadors and Jewish community leaders. World Jewish Congress president and US Ambassador to Austria Ronald Lauder will address the gathering and Israeli singer Ninet Tayeb will perform.
Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon said the guest list shows a positive change for Israel within the international organization. “This festive event puts us in a very high status in the UN, and attests to the great support we have at the United Nations. It will be broadcast live on American television networks. I consider it a triumphal appearance. The current era in the UN is a new era, thanks to the United States,” he told The Jerusalem Post.