David Ben-Gurion signs the Declaration of Independence on May 14, 1948. Sitting beside him: Rabbi Yehuda Leib Maimon. (Hans Pinn, GPO) (Hans Pinn, GPO)
Yehuda Leib Maimon

“In all of human history, there has never been a love affair between a land a people as deep as enduring as the one of the Jewish people with the Land of Israel.”

Learn about how Israel’s first prime minister David Ben-Gurion and others had the courage to declare the State of Israel on May 13, 1948.

During those turbulent times, as the leader of the Zionist movement, Ben-Gurion had to grapple with several critical dilemmas.

Should an independent Jewish state be declared at this challenging time in Jewish history or should they accept the American proposition of a three-month ceasefire? Would such a declaration immediately plunge the nascent state into a fatal war? Could the small army of so many Holocaust survivors triumph against the might of the Arab world?

Learn about Ben-Gurion’s special friendship with Rabbi Yehudah Leib Maimon, leader of the religious Zionist Mizrachi organization, and how that friendship influenced him.