Peres honors Ben-Gurion 311.
(photo credit: GPO)
David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, “was the first to support the
solution of two states for two peoples,” President Shimon Peres said
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“He did not give up our rights to the Land of Israel,” Peres told
a gathering at Ben- Gurion’s former home at Sde Boker, where the 37th
anniversary of his death was marked.
“But he believed that our immediate
obligation was to save the Israeli people, to save the nation from dependency on
foreigners. Things that are not attainable without giving up parts of the
Among the other top government officials who gathered at the
Negev site were Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin
and various MKs and public figures.
Peres cited the continued relevance
of the former prime minister’s message today, and discussed his contribution
toward making Israel a viable state.
“He knew that a state is not built
on a UN decision. A state is built with bricks and tears,” Peres said.
“Ben-Gurion believed in his heart that rather than the state absorbing the new
immigrants, the new immigrants would build the state.”
Peres added that
Ben-Gurion’s vision was still not fully realized.
“There is still much
work to do until we know peace and security. Until justice will lead us
socially, and peace will lead us politically.”