Contributor Archives: Saadia Gelb

About Saadia Gelb

Saadia Gelb is a lifelong Labor Zionist and kibbutz movement activist who has lived on Kibbutz Kfar Blum since immigrating to Israel from the United States in 1947. He is the author of several books including the recently updated "The Chase is the Game: The Journey of an American-Israeli Pioneer."

A Quartet of Prime Ministers in Israel’s First Quarter Century

Although still in my 30’s, from the standpoint of Labor Zionist experience, I was an “old man” when I arrived in Palestine in 1947. My observations and evaluations of Israel’s leaders, both political and military, are recorded throughout this book, but of particular interest are the first four prime ministers, all from Labor, who led the country through its tremendous growth and the five wars between 1948 and 1974. David Ben-Gurion, prime minister from 1948 to 1953 and from 1955 to 1963, …

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