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Ben Gurion, David
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(Oct 16, 1886, Plonsk, Poland – Dec 1, 1973, Sdeh Boker, Israel), the first prime minister of the state of Israel following his vigorous leadership of the Zionist movement (Zion); on May 14, 1948, Ben Gurion declared the state of Israel's independence. He remained in office with a short interval until 1953. As minister of defense, he led Israel through two wars and shaped the Israeli citizen army. He dedicated most of his efforts to the immigration of Jews to Israel. During his term in office the population q…

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Dan, Joseph, “Ben Gurion, David”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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