Last updated on: 2/11/2020 | Author: ProCon.org

David Ben-Gurion Biography

Title:
Former Prime Minister of Israel
Position:
Now Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“The only immediate settlement possible, with finality, is the establishment of two States, one Jewish and the other Arab.”

Letter from David Ben-Gurion to British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin, Feb. 1947, quoted in British Embassy Tel Aviv, “Ben Gurion Letter Presented to Israeli PM,” gov.uk, Apr. 25, 2013

[Editor’s Note: Prior to Ben-Gurion’s 1947 Pro position statement made above, his position was Con Two-State Solution as indicated in 1938 speech to the 20th Zionist Congress quoted below.]

“[I am] not satisfied with part of the country, but on the basis of the assumption that after we build up a strong force following the establishment of the state – we will abolish the partition of the country and we will expand to the whole land of Palestine.”

David Ben-Gurion’s speech to the 20th Zionist Congress, 1938, reprinted in Sean F. McMahon, The Discourse of Palestinian-Israeli Relations: Persistent Analytics and Practices, 2010

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • First Israeli Prime Minister 1949-1953, 1955-1963
  • Defense Minister 1949-1953
  • Passed the resolution to declare the independence of Israel on May 14, 1948
  • Chairman of the executive committee of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, 1935
  • Creator of Mapai, the Zionist Labor Party, 1930
  • Creator of the Haganah (paramilitary force of the Labor Zionist movement), 1921
  • General secretary of the Histadrut Labor Federation, 1921
Education:
  • Hebrew School
Other:
  • None found