David Ben-Gurion

David Ben-Gurion
David Ben-Gurion
  • Born: October 16, 1886
  • Died: December 1, 1973
  • Nationality: Polish, Ottoman Empire, Palestinian, Israeli
  • Profession: Statesman

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David Ben-Gurion, born David Grün, was the primary founder of the State of Israel and the first Prime Minister of Israel. Ben-Gurion's passion for Zionism, which began early in life, led him to become a major Zionist leader and Executive Head of the World Zionist Organization in 1946. As head of the Jewish Agency from 1935, and later president of the Jewish Agency Executive, he was the de facto leader of the Jewish community in Palestine, and largely led its struggle for an independent Jewish state in Mandatory Palestine. On 14 May 1948, he formally proclaimed the establishment of the State of Israel, and was the first to sign the Israeli Declaration of Independence, which he had helped to write. Ben-Gurion led Israel during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, and united the various Jewish militias into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Subsequently, he became known as "Israel's founding father".; David Ben-Gurion was the primary founder of the State of Israel and the first Prime Minister of Israel.

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I believe in our power, in our power which will grow, and if it will grow agreement will come Power ;War & Peace
Even amidst the violent attacks launched against us for months past, we call upon the sons of the Arab people dwelling in Israel to keep the peace and to play their part in building the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its institutions, provisional and permanent. Citizenship & Patriotism
For the first time in the history of relations between people, a precedent has been created by which a great State [Germany], as a result of moral pressure alone, takes it upon itself to pay compensation to the victims [the Jews] of the government that preceded it [Nazi Germany]. Justice & Injustice ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Go to the United States and see what they are doing with the American Dream.. States. Nations & Nationhood
Have you weaned yourself of your off-putting proclivity for not telling the truth/ Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I don’t know what the people want, but I know what is needed by the people of Israel. Public Opinion & Polling
If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert. Management & Managing Government
If the Arab citizen will feel at home in our state … if the state will help him in a truthful and dedicated way to reach the economic, social, and cultural level of the Jewish community, then Arab distrust will accordingly subside and a bridge will be built to a Semitic, Jewish-Arab Alliance. Development & Growth
In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles. States. Nations & Nationhood
Israel must win every single war that it fights. Our enemies only have to win one war. States. Nations & Nationhood ;War & Peace ;Defense & National Security
My people have a right to exist ... and this existence is in danger. States. Nations & Nationhood
Our security and independence require that more young people devote themselves to science and research. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Ours is a country built more on people than on territory. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Polities need written constitutions for two reasons -- either to link constituent units in a federal system or to republicanize absolutism Constitution / Bills & Declarations of Rights
Terrorism benefits the Arabs, it may lay waste the Yishuv and shake Zionism. But to follow in the Arabs' footsteps and ape their deeds is to be blind to the gulf between us. Our aims and theirs run counter: methods calculated to further theirs, are ruinous to us…. From Jewish terrorism against Arabs it is a short step to Jewish terrorism against Jews. Terrorism
The land, the villages, the mountains, the roads are in their hands. The country is theirs, because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle down, and in their view we want to take away from them their country, while we are still outside. Immigration & Emigration
The State of Israel represents and speaks only on behalf of its own citizens, and in no way presumes to represent or speak in the name of the Jews who are citizens of any other country. Citizenship & Patriotism
The test of democracy is freedom of criticism. Democracies & Republics
The war shall give us our land. The concept of "ours" and "not ours" are peace concepts only, they lose their meaning during war. War & Peace
There is room for only one Prime Minister, but for those who make the desert bloom there is room for hundreds, thousands and even millions. And the destiny of the state is in the hands of the many rather than of a single individual. Leaders & Leadership
There will be not only peace between us and the Arabs ... but close friendship and cooperation. Diplomacy & Diplomats
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 don't accept? War & Peace
We are weak—and that is our crime! Defense & National Security
We can no longer regard the UN Resolution of the 29th of November as having any moral force. After the UN failed to implement its own resolution, we regard the resolution of the 29th of November concerning Jerusalem to be null and void United Nations
We do not wish, we do not need to expel the Arabs and take their place. All our aspirations are built upon the assumption — proven throughout all our activity in the Land — that there is enough room in the country for ourselves and the Arabs. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We have rebelled against all controls and religions, all laws and judgments which the mighty sought to foist upon us. We kept to our dedication and our missions. By these will the State be judged, by the moral character it imparts to its citizens, by the human values determining its inner and outward relations, and by its fidelity, in thought and act, to the supreme behest: "and thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." Here is crystallized the eternal law of Judaism, and all the written ethics in the world can say no more. The State will be worthy of its name only if its systems, social and economic, political and legal, are based upon these imperishable words. They are more than a formal precept which can be construed as passive or negative: not to deprive, not to rob, not to oppress, not to hurt. States. Nations & Nationhood
Well done, now give it back to them. War & Peace
What matters is not what the goyim say, but what the Jews do Miscellaneous
Anyone who believes you can't change history has never tried to write his memoirs. History
Anyone who doesn't believe in miracles is not a realist.
Courage is a special kind of knowledge: the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Courage is... the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Israel has created a new image of the Jew in the world - the image of a working and an intellectual people, of a people that can fight with heroism.
Ours is a country built more on people than on territory. The Jews will come from everywhere: from France, from Russia, from America, from Yemen... Their faith is their passport. Religion & God
Suffering makes a people greater, and we have suffered much. We had a message to give the world, but we were overwhelmed, and the message was cut off in the middle. In time there will be millions of us - becoming stronger and stronger - and we will complete the message. Time
The great Jewish scientists and philosophers of the last few generations - Spinoza, Einstein, Freud, Robert Oppenheimer and others - were natives of Europe and America.
There are eleven million Jews in the world. I don't say that all of them will come here, but I expect several million, and with natural increase I can quite imagine a Jewish state of ten million.
Thought is a strenuous art - few practice it, and then only at rare times. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence. Independence

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