David Ben-Gurion

As a new biography shows, David Ben-Gurion could be petty, harsh, and stubborn. He also decisively shaped almost every institution that would form the state of Israel.

July 1 2020 12:01AM

Labor’s collapse was sped up by the failure of Oslo, but its roots run deeper.

May 21 2020 12:01AM

And helped organize one of the war’s worst massacres.

Meir Zamir
May 20 2020 12:01AM

Ever? Judea? Zion?

April 29 2020 12:01AM

From Ben-Gurion vs. Weizmann to Rabin vs. Peres.

March 3 2020 12:01AM

In 1948, he served as a stark counter-example to the view (which he mostly held) that history is driven by material factors and not by great leaders.

Feb. 24 2020 12:01AM

Ancient Jewish history, with which he was well acquainted, showed what could happen in the absence of a central military command. He made sure it wouldn’t happen again.

Feb. 17 2020 12:01AM

If the Jews could hang on through the tough early months, he thought, they would grow considerably stronger while their opponents might well become weaker. And so it proved to be.

Feb. 12 2020 12:01AM

The pre-state militia had actually prepared well for the outbreak of war in 1948. But its commanders generally hailed from rival political parties to Ben-Gurion’s.

Feb. 10 2020 12:01AM

On the eve of Israel’s statehood in 1948, with the massed forces of five Arab nations threatening invasion, David Ben-Gurion picked a fight with his own army. Why?

Feb. 3 2020 12:01AM

Throughout his life, he remained a friend of Israel.

Shalom Goldman
Nov. 5 2019 12:01AM

Israel’s first prime minister was no enthusiast of ethnic cleansing.

Oct. 17 2019 12:01AM

Helping to memorialize the Shoah and to protect survivors.

Benjamin Runkle
Oct. 16 2019 12:01AM

Even Ben-Gurion didn’t like it—but it works.

Sept. 13 2019 12:01AM