David Ben-Gurion

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Date of Birth October 16, 1886
Place of Birth Plonsk, Poland
Date of Death Dec 1, 1973 (87)
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David Ben-Gurion

David Ben-Gurion was the primary national founder of the State of Israel and the first Prime Minister of Israel. He was the preeminent leader of the Jewish community in British Mandate Palestine from 1935 until the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, which he led until 1963 with a short break in 1954-55. 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.

Born: October 16, 1886, Płońsk, Congress Poland, Russian Empire
Died: December 1, 1973, Ramat Gan, Israel
Nationality: Congress Poland
Political party: Mapai, Rafi, National List
Spouse(s): Paula Ben-Gurion
Children: 3
Alma mater: University of Warsaw, Istanbul University

About David Ben-Gurion

Historical figure who led the fight for Israeli independence and served as the country's first Prime Minister from 1948 to 1954 and then again from 1955 to 1963. He also served Israel as its Minister of Defense and worked to improve relations between Israelis and West Germans.

Before Fame

He was arrested during the Russian Revolution in 1905 and would late move to Palestine.


He earned the title of 'Israel's founding father,' as a result of his instrumental work with the Israeli Declaration of Independence.

Family Life

He had three children with his wife Paula Ben-Gurion.


He was the first Prime Minister of Israel while Benjamin Netanyahu was the country's first Israeli-born Prime Minister.

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