Description: Ben-Gurion David
David Ben-Gurion Writes to a Fellow Israeli Pioneer & Knesset Member,"Where is the Pioneer Kibbutz movement in the absorption of new immigrants? ... "
Typed Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion" as Israeli Minister of Defense, in Hebrew, to Knesset Member Yitzhak Tabankin, Hakiryah, Tel Aviv. Jerusalem, Israel, March 30, 1955. 1p, measures 8" x 5.75". With complete English translation. Two loose-leaf holes in blank right margin. Fine condition.
In full, Dear Yitzhak, Permit me to tell you a number of things not as a Government person but as one of the Pioneers, and I see it as a bitter responsibility to protest as a Pioneer to the Pioneers. The Pioneer Movement among us that aspires, and not in vain, to pioneering and did not disappoint ever as it has in this great and difficult era. Where is the Pioneer Kibbutz movement in the absorption of new immigrants? The greatest event in our history has begun, the 'exodus from Egypt,' the ingathering of the exiles; there are tens of thousands of Jews who are coming to us, they wish to settle the land, they want to build communities; is the Pioneer (Chalutz) community - except for the Mochav group - responding to the needs of this massive Aliyahâ€¦ With friendship blessings"
Yitzhak Tabankin (1888-1971) immigrated (made Aliyah) to Eretz Yisroel (Land of Israel) in 1912, Ben-Gurion in 1906. Tabankin was a Member of the 1st and 3rd Knessets (1949-1951, 1955-1958). He participated in the Founding Convention of Histadrut (1920) and was one of founders of Kibbutz Ein Harod and Kibbutz Haâ€™Meuchad. In 1930,Tabankin was one of founders of Mapai (1930) and one of its leaders along with David Ben Gurion. He was a delegate to every Zionist Congress after World War I. His works include The Jewish State and the Way to Achieve It (1944) and Kibbutz Society (1954).
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