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David Ben-Gurion
דָּוִד בֶּן-גּוּרִיּוֹן
1st Prime Meenister o Israel
In office
17 Mey 1948 – 26 Januar 1954
PresesChaim Weizmann
Yitzhak Ben-Zvi
Precedit biNew office
Succeedit biMoshe Sharett
In office
3 November 1955 – 26 Juin 1963
PresesYitzhak Ben-Zvi
Zalman Shazar
Precedit biMoshe Sharett
Succeedit biLevi Eshkol
Chairman o the Provisional State Cooncil o Israel
In office
14 Mey 1948 – 16 Mey 1948
Precedit biNew office
Succeedit biChaim Weizmann
Meenister o Defense
In office
14 Mey 1948 – 26 Januar 1954
Prime MeenisterHimsel
Precedit biNew office
Succeedit biPinhas Lavon
In office
21 Februar 1955 – 26 Juin 1963
Prime MeenisterMoshe Sharett
Precedit biPinhas Lavon
Succeedit biLevi Eshkol
Personal details
BornDavid Grün
16 October 1886(1886-10-16)
Płońsk, Congress Poland
Dee'd1 December 1973(1973-12-01) (aged 87)
Ramat Gan, Israel
Naitionality Congress Poland
 Ottoman Empire
 Unitit Kinrick
Poleetical pairtyMapai, Rafi, Naitional Leet
Spoose(s)Paula Ben-Gurion
Alma materVarsity o Warsaw
Istanbul Varsity
ReligionJewish atheism[1][2][3][4][5]

Aboot this soondDavid Ben-Gurion  (Hebrew: דָּוִד בֶּן-גּוּרִיּוֹן‎‎, born David Grün on 16 October 1886, dee'd 1 December 1973) wis the first Prime Meenister o Israel an a Zionist leader. Ben-Gurion's passion for Zionism, whilk began early in life, culminatit in his instrumental role in the foondin o the state o Israel. Efter leadin Israel tae victory in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Ben-Gurion helpit big the state institutions an owersaw the absorption o vast nummers o Jews frae aw ower the warld. Upon reteerin frae poleetical life in 1970, he flittit tae Sde Boker, a kibbutz in the Negev desert, whaur he bidit till his daith. Posthumously, Ben-Gurion wis named ane o Time Magazine's 100 Maist Important Fowk o the 20t Century.


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  1. Zev Chafets (2008). A Match Made in Heaven: American Jews, Christian Zionists, and One Man's Exploration of the Weird and Wonderful Judeo-Evangelical Alliance. HarperCollins. p. 37. ISBN 9780060890599. “To be a realist here, you have to believe in miracles,” David Ben-Gurion once remarked. He didn't believe that literally, of course; he was an atheist. But he insisted that his offi- cials and generals take Old Testament names.
  2. Tariq Ali (2003). The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity (2 ed.). Verso. p. 10. ISBN 9781859844571. Ben-Gurion and Moshe Dayan were self-proclaimed atheists.
  3. Karen Armstrong (1997). Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths. Random House Digital, Inc. p. 369. ISBN 9780345391681. Even a committed atheist like Ben-Gurion found its sacred position on his own emotional map more compelling than the demographic and historical facts that were staring him in the face.
  4. Jonathan B. Isacoff (2006). "2". Writing the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Pragmatism And Historical Inquiry. Lexington Books. p. 54. ISBN 9780739112731. David Ben-Gurion makes an especially fascinating study as a spokesman for Jewish messianic teleology in that by most accounts he was a secular atheist.
  5. Eyal Chowers (2012). The Political Philosophy of Zionism: Trading Jewish Words for a Hebraic Land. Cambridge University Press. p. 124. ISBN 9781107005945. David Ben-Gurion (1886–1973), the first prime minister of Israel and its foremost politician in the age...Though an atheist, he saw the Bible as the most important source for shaping the new Hebrew's identity...