DescriptionDavid Ben-Gurion Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 4.75" x 8.5", written in Hebrew, Sde Boker, May 13, 1968. Ben-Gurion writes to Naim Giladi to discuss a book that was written about the great Israeli leader by an unidentified author. He offers personal insight into the political and personal matters surrounding his stepping down from power. In part: "I was not 'forced to' resign - not because of misunderstandings with those around me - but for my own personal reasons - in which no other motivation, person, or external event had any role. . . . I do not know whether you have received my book about meetings with Arab leaders. In the book I only tell about meetings with Arab leaders before the establishment of the State. The material I have about attempts since the establishment of the State are still forbidden for publication."
Ben-Gurion was the first Prime Minister of Israel. His passion for Zionism, which began early in life, culminated in his instrumental role in the founding of the state of Israel. After leading Israel to victory in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Ben-Gurion helped build state institutions and oversaw the absorption of vast numbers of Jews from all over the world. Ben-Gurion stepped down as prime minister for what he described as personal reasons in 1963, and retired from political life in 1970, when he moved to Sde Boker, where he lived until his death in 1973. Letter is written on an age toned leaf from a journal, with printed page number "15" at upper left. Leaf has been affixed to a slightly larger sheet of paper. Fine condition. Excellent content!
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