One of the criteria to recognize a state is to have a defined border. The Israelis always say their borders are undefined. This is not true as they could not be recognized by the UN as a state if they did not have defined borders. See the discussion below:
The Borders of Israel and Palestine
Posted on June 15, 2014 by walk tall hang loose
Borders. The meeting went on to consider a draft Declaration. There was a heated discussion about the borders. Some members thought they should be mentioned in the Declaration, but Ben-Gurion was vehemently opposed. He said:
We accepted the UN Resolution, but the Arabs did not. They are preparing to make war on us. If we defeat them and capture western Galilee or territory on both sides of the road to Jerusalem, these areas will become part of the state. Why should we obligate ourselves to accept boundaries that in any case the Arabs do not accept?
This is the first appearance of the idea that, because the Arabs rejected the Zionist takeover of half of the territory of Palestine, the Zionists were entitled to take more than half. We may call it the Ben-Gurion Doctrine. The meeting decided not to mention borders in the Declaration, by a vote of five to four in favor, the other four members being absent.
The meeting continued on May 13. Various issues were raised, including a rejected proposal to include the phrase “within its historic homeland” by members who wanted the State to include land on both sides of the Jordan. Then, Kleiman tells us, Ben-Gurion took the draft home and rewrote it extensively, omitting any reference to the UN Partition Plan.
Change of mind. The Declaration was considered by the National Council the next morning, May 14, and finally approved unanimously, on the second vote. The secretarial staff typed up the final changes, and the document arrived at the Tel Aviv Museum just in time for the ceremony at 4 p.m in which Ben-Gurion read out the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel, to become effective one minute after midnight. Kleiman does not tell us what those final changes were, but if we look at the text of the Declaration we see that the references to the Partition Plan were restored. The Zionist leadership had changed its mind, putting the Partition Plan at the heart of the Declaration, it being mentioned in the following three paragraphs:
On the 29th November, 1947 the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the establishment of a Jewish State in Eretz-Israel; the General Assembly required the inhabitants of Eretz-Israel to take such steps as were necessary on their part for the implementation of that resolution. This recognition by the United Nations of the right of the Jewish people to establish their State is irrevocable.
…[WE]…, BY VIRTUE OF OUR NATURAL AND HISTORIC RIGHT AND ON THE STRENGTH OF THE RESOLUTION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY, HEREBY DECLARE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A JEWISH STATE IN ERETZ-ISRAEL, TO BE KNOWN AS THE STATE OF ISRAEL.
THE STATE OF ISRAEL is prepared to cooperate with the agencies and representatives of the United Nations in implementing the resolution of the General Assembly of the 29th November, 1947, and will take steps to bring about the economic union of the whole of Eretz-Israel.
These paragraphs make exaggerated claims about the Partition Plan resolution of the General Assembly:
that the GA “called for the establishment of Jewish state in Palestine”; it did not, it recommended the partition of Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state in an attempt to find a solution for the ”Question of Palestine”
that the GA “required” the inhabitants of Palestine to co-operate with the Plan: it did not, it called upon them to co-operate;
that the GA recognized the “natural and historic right” of the Jews to establish a state in Palestine: no such right has ever been recognized, the Mandate for Palestine speaking only of the historic connection giving grounds for the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine.
The intention is clearly to suggest that Israel’s unilateral declaration of independence was authorized by the United Nations. This is not correct. The UN Charter regulates the relationships between existing states who have chosen to become Members. The UN has no authority to create states, divide states or recognize states. Nor was it an implementation of the Partition Plan, which had envisaged the creation of two states in parallel stages under the supervision of the Palestine Commission.
It is surprising how many people believe that Israel has never declared its borders, despite available evidence to the contrary in the form of Epstein’s letter to Truman, the text of which has been in the public domain since it was released to the world press on May 15, 1948. It can be found on the internet in the Truman Library and also in the Jewish Virtual Library. Many UN and Knesset documents of the time refer to the borders declared by Israel in 1948, as do the UN booklet The Question of Palestine and the United Nations (page 9) and even the Wikipedia article Borders of Israel.
How is it possible that the fiction “Israel has never declared its borders” has become so widespread and persistent? It would be interesting to hear the views and experiences of readers.