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David Ben-Gurion (1886-1973)

On the anniversary of the death of Israels first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, IsraCast brings you Ben-Gurion's biography, two audio interviews from Canadian radio stations in the year 1961, and a transcript of highlights from the Decleration of Independence - read by him on May 14th, 1948.

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PERES LASTS LONGER

Israel's parliament, the Knesset has sworn in Shimon Peres as new state president. In his address, Peres declared that he would work to unify all the Israeli people in its quest for peace. Although the position of state president is mainly ceremonial without executive power, IsraCast believes all the indications are that Peres will play a more active political role than any of his predecessors - possibly stepping on the prime minister's toes. Peres himself never won an election for premiership although he served twice in the position and even initiated the Oslo process with the Palestinians.

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Theodor Herzl Day

Theodor Herzl's birthday, 10 Iyar, was declared Herzl Day, to be marked annually with a state memorial at his grave on Mount Herzl.

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Yigal Allon (1918-1980)

27 Years to Yigal Allon - Israel's foreign minister under the first Rabin government, and one of Israel's greatest military minds.

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Teddy Kollek, the legendary mayor of Jerusalem (1911-2007)

Former mayor of Jerusalem Teddy Kollek passed away at the age of 95. Kollek was elected to the position six times and served as mayor of Jerusalem for almost three decades - from 1965 until 1993. In 1988, Kollek was awarded the nation's highest civilian honor, the Israel Prize, for his contributions to building the modern Jerusalem.

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RABIN'S LAST SAY

A short time before his assassination at a peace rally in Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin discussed some of the key issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in an exclusive interview, part of which is now broadcast for the first time. It was one of Rabin's last in-depth interviews before he was shot dead by Yigal Amir on November 4th 1995.

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Yitzhak Rabin's last words

On leaving a mass rally for peace held under the slogan "Yes to Peace, No to Violence," Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a Jewish right-wing extremist. Age 73 at his death, he was laid to rest before a shocked and grieving nation, in a state funeral on Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem, attended by leaders from around the world. These were his last words:

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Ambassador Eban on Sinai Campaign

On October 30, 1956, the United States asked that an urgent meeting of the Security Council be convened to discuss the Middle East fighting. The US called for an immediate cease-fire and the withdrawal of Israeli troops and asked other countries to refrain from giving Israel military and economic assistance. The United States draft Resolution was vetoed by Britain and France. The Yugoslav delegate then asked for an emergency session of the General Assembly. When the Assembly met on 1 November, it heard the Israeli case from Ambassador Eban:

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Remains of Herzl's Children Brought to Israel for Reburial

The Remains of Herzl's Children Were Brought to Israel from France for Reburial on Wednesday, September 20th on Mount Herzl, Jerusalem.

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