"Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence": First Edition of Ben Gurion Looks Back; Signed by David Ben-Gurion

  • Ben Gurion Looks Back: In Talks With Moshe Pearlman.

Ben Gurion Looks Back: In Talks With Moshe Pearlman.

$1,250.00

Item Number: 33053

London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1965.

First edition of this collection of informal talks with journalist and first Israeli military spokesman Moshe Pearlman. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by David Ben-Gurion on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Dust jacket design by John Curtis. Rare and desirable signed by David Ben-Gurion.

David Ben-Gurion 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. Subsequently, he became known as "Israel's founding father."

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