Rabbi Lebowitz has waited a lifetime for this moment. No Jew has held the key to the Gate of Zion since AD 70. Yet on May 14,1948, the day of Israel's statehood, the British will turn that key--the symbol of his hope for the nation--over to him. But before the British evacuate, full scale fighting breaks out. Five Middle Eastern nations gather around Palestine to divide it among themselves. Caught in the middle, the native Palestinians flee. Is there any hope for peace? for stopping the bloodshed?