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  General and Old World HistoryAsiaIarael (Palestine)
David Ben-Gurion reads the 1948 Declaration of the State of Israel History
 
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19581958 News and Pictures Prime Minister Ben-Gurion's government survived several motions of no confidence during the year. From April 22 to 24 Israel celebrated the 10th anniversary of its founding.
1959 News and Pictures1959 News and Pictures Two major domestic crises occurred during the year, one of which led to Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion's resignation.
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Yasser ArafatYasser Arafat was the long-time leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the co-winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize (with Israel's Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres).
David Ben-GurionDavid Ben-Gurion was a leader of the movement to establish an independent Israel. As the first Prime Minister of Israel he oversaw various national projects aimed at the rapid development of the country and its population. As the third Prime Minister he ordered the Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula.
Levi EshkolLevi Eshkol served as Prime Minister from 1963 to 1969, during which time he established the alliance between Israel and the United States which helped Israel win the Six-Day War of June 1967.
Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin Netanyahu began his political career as a member of Israel's diplomatic mission to the United States. He subsequently served as Prime Minister from 1996 to 1999, and was called upon to form a coalition government in 2009.
Moshe SharettMoshe Sharett was one of the signatories of Israel's Declaration of Establishment in 1947. As the country's first Foreign Minister, he established diplomatic relations with dozens of nations, got Israel into the United Nations, and signed a reparations agreement with West Germany in 1952.
Ariel SharonAriel Sharon served in several military and government positions before being elected Prime Minister in 2001; he served in that capacity until suffering a serious stroke in 2006.
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