BEN-GURION, DAVID. (1886-1973). Polish-born, Israeli statesman and his country’s first prime minister after proclaiming its independence in 1948. SP. (“D. Ben-Gurion”). 1p. 12mo. N.p, N.d. A black-and-white three-quarters profile bust portrait signed in blue ink in the lower margin.

An early supporter of Zionism, Ben-Gurion moved to Palestine in 1906 to take up life as a farmer. Following his expulsion by Turkish authorities at the outbreak of World War I, he rallied the support of Britain and the U.S. and called for increased Jewish immigration to Palestine. His decades of commitment to Zionism led to a strengthening of Palestine’s Jewish community, and on May 14, 1948, Ben-Gurion proclaimed the birth of the State of Israel. As prime minister and minister of defense, he created the Israeli army, often using military force to thwart Arab violence. He retired from politics in 1963 and moved to the Negev kibbutz of Sde-Boker several years later.

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