THE FOUNDER OF ISRAEL SIGNS UNITED NATIONS COVER, PROMOTING PEACE, FOLLOWING THE SIX-DAY WAR AND SERIES OF MILITARY CAMPAIGNS WITH EGYPT, JORDAN AND SYRIA
David Ben-Gurion (1886-1973) Signed First Day Cover, "D. Ben. Gurion", 6.5 x 3.5, the primary national founder of the State of Israel and the first Prime Minister boldly signs this "United Nations Day of Issue" cover promoting peace following the Six-Day War and a series of Israeli military campaigns against Egypt, Jordan and Syria. On the U.N. stamp is printed "THEY SAHLL BEAT THEIR SWORDS INTO PLOUGHSHARES". He was the preeminent leader of the Jewish community in British Mandate Palestine from 1935 until the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, which he led until 1963 with a short break in 1954-55. Posthumously, Ben-Gurion was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Important People of the 20th century. In May 1967, Egypt began massing forces in the Sinai Peninsula after expelling UN peacekeepers and closed the Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping. This, together with the actions of other Arab states, caused Israel to begin preparing for war. The situation lasted until the outbreak of the Six-Day War on 5 June. During this period Ben-Gurion was approached to join a new unity government. On 5 June, the Six-Day War began with Operation Focus, an Israeli air attack that decimated the Egyptian air force. Israel then captured the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza Strip from Egypt, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem from Jordan, and the Golan Heights from Syria in a series of campaigns. This First Day of Issue was signed by Ben-Gurion following these events and is in fine condition.