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David Ben-Gurion: Leader of the Young State Confronts Momentous Decisions

After millennia of homelessness for the Jewish people, Ben-Gurion oversaw the founding of Israel. What came next? David Makovsky and “Ben-Gurion” author Anita Shapira discuss.

David Ben-Gurion in 1951 (Government Press Office)
David Ben-Gurion in 1951 (Government Press Office)

David Ben-Gurion’s term as Israel’s prime minister marked not only a new era for the Jewish people, but a starkly different chapter in his own life. Anita Shapira, the author of “Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel,” joins the podcast to discuss the challenges and accomplishments of this time, from immigration and Labor party politics to German reparations and nuclearization. Listen here:

Decision Points is a Washington Institute podcast on key moments in Israel’s history and present. The first season focused on the history of U.S. Israel relations, the second season examined key Israeli and Arab leaders, and the third season shifted the focus to Israel’s toughest contemporary policy dilemmas.

Season 4 of the podcast highlights a set of books which are essential to understanding the U.S.-Israel relationship and the history of Zionism and Israel. In each episode, authors will unpack their books and engage in striking and insightful conversations.

The host, David Makovsky, is the Ziegler Distinguished Fellow in The Washington Institute’s Irwin Levy Family Program on the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship and director of the Koret Project on Arab-Israel Relations. He is a former senior advisor to the U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations, as well as a sought-after expert in U.S.-Israel diplomatic relations and territorial solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Guests include Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S.; Natan Sharansky, a human rights activist and former Israeli government minister; David Petraeus, former CIA Director; and Tzipi Livni, former Israeli Foreign Minister.

The podcast is both a history lesson and an exploration of contemporary policy decisions impacting Israel, the United States, and the Middle East at large.

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