David Ben-Gurion

A strong and prosperous Israel is not an end in itself.

Sept. 2 2021 12:01AM

The record of Jabotinsky’s practical decisions allows his disciples to reach contradictory conclusions about what he really believed, especially about religion and settlement.

Aug. 23 2021 12:01AM

Going by the usual telling of the founding, religious and secular Jews clashed over whether Israel’s declaration should evoke God’s covenantal promise. How accurate is that account?

July 20 2021 12:00AM

How secular Zionism came to terms with religion.

David Eliezrie
July 15 2021 12:01AM

The declaration came together so hurriedly that if the drafters had argued for even a few hours more it would have read much differently.

May 19 2021 12:08AM

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.

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