David Ben-Gurion

The beginning of a new series investigating how the Israeli Declaration of Independence came about, and what the text reveals about the country it brought into being.

April 14 2021 12:20AM

And its translation into German.

April 14 2021 12:01AM

Israel famously has no constitution. It turns out that’s no accident but rather the will of its first prime minister, who explains his thinking here.

March 10 2021 12:11AM

David Ben-Gurion desired the “redemption of the Jewish people.”

Feb. 24 2021 12:01AM

The author of a new book about Israel’s diplomatic history joins us to discuss the enduring lessons he’s learned from surveying 3,000 years of Jewish history.

Emmanuel Navon and Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic
Jan. 28 2021 12:02AM

Born within four years of each other, David Ben-Gurion and Abdullah bin Hussein emerged out of the same political womb to forge Israel and Jordan in battle. Both nations should be grateful.

Nov. 17 2020 12:01AM

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