David Ben-gurion Signed 1949 First Year Independence Day Israeli Postal Cover
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DAVID BEN-GURION Signed 1949 First Year Independence Day Israeli Postal Cover!
"D. Ben-Gurion" Signed 1949 First Year Independence Day Israeli Postmarked Cover Dated “4 5 1949 - JERUSALEM”
DAVID BEN-GURION (1886-1973). National Founder of the State of Israel and the First Prime Minister of Israel.
On May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion, the head of the Jewish Agency, proclaimed the establishment of the State of Israel. U.S. President Harry S. Truman recognized the new nation on the same day. This is an Original Israeli Commemorative First Day Postal Cover Postmarked “4 5 1949 - JERUSALEM” with a cancellation tied to a 30 shekel denomination Israeli Flag Stamp, Signed in pencil in the address field, "D. Ben-Gurion", Fine. This historic Postal Cover commemorating and celebrating the May 1948 Statehood of Israel. Light overall age, vertical crease at center, prior mounting remnants at top center and along the bottom edge on its blank verso and has some minor edge nicks. Israel’s Independence Day is celebrated on the fifth day of the month of Iyar, which is the Hebrew date of the formal establishment of the State of Israel, when members of the “provisional government” read and signed a Declaration of Independence in Tel Aviv. The original date corresponded to May 14, 1948. This 1949 First Year Independence Day Israeli Postmarked Cover dated “4 5 1949 - JERUSALEM” is truly a historic document.
David Ben-Gurion was born David Grn; (16 October 1886 - 1 December 1973) was the primary National 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 (IDF). Subsequently, he became known as "Israel's founding father".Following the war, Ben-Gurion served as Israel's first Prime Minister and Minister of Defense. As Prime Minister, he helped build the state institutions, presiding over various national projects aimed at the development of the country. He also oversaw the absorption of vast numbers of Jews from all over the world. A centerpiece of his foreign policy was improving relationships with the West Germans. He worked very well with Konrad Adenauer's government in Bonn, and West Germany provided large sums (in the Reparations Agreement between Israel and West Germany) in compensation for Nazi Germany's confiscation of Jewish property during the Holocaust.In 1954 he resigned as both Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, although he remained a member of the Knesset. However, he returned as Minister of Defense in 1955 after the Lavon Affair resulted in the resignation of Pinhas Lavon. Later in the year he became Prime Minister again, following the 1955 elections. Under his leadership, Israel responded aggressively to Arab guerrilla attacks, and in 1956, invaded Egypt along with British and French forces after Egypt nationalized the Suez Canal during what became known as the Suez Crisis.He stepped down from office in 1963, and retired from political life in 1970. He then moved to Sde Boker, a kibbutz in the Negev desert, where he lived until his death. Posthumously, Ben-Gurion was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Important People of the 20th century.
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