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Abba Eban
orig. Aubrey Eban

Abba Eban.
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Abba Eban.

(1915-2002) Israeli politician and prominent foreign minister (1966-74).
Eban was central in Israeli politics during an important period of the country's history, when it experienced the two most decisive wars, the Six-Day War of 1967 and the Yom Kippur War of 1973. Eban was recognized as a clever diplomat and important to creating a positive image of Israel in the international society.

1915 February 2: Born in Cape Town, South Africa with the name of Aubrey Solomon. His family moves soon after to Britain, where his father dies. When his mother remarries, he took the family name of his stepfather, Isaac Eban.
Late 1930s: Studies classical and oriental languages at Cambridge University.
1939: Eban joins the British army.
1946: Serves as UN liaison officer for the Jewish Agency for Palestine.
1949: Eban becomes leader of the Israeli delegation to United Nations.
1950: Eban is appointed ambassador to USA, but continues in his position as leader of the Israeli delegation to United Nations.
1959: Eban is elected to Knesset as representative of the party Mapai. Eban joins the government as minister without portfolio.
1960: Becomes minister of education and culture.
1963: Eban becomes deputy prime minister to Prime Minister Levi Eshkol.
1966: Eban becomes foreign minister.
1968: Publishes the book My People: The Story of the Jews.
1972: Publishes the book My Country.
1974: With the change in Prime Minister, Eban has to resign as foreign minister.
1984: Eban acts as chairman in a parliament commission on foreign affairs and defence.
— Publishes the book Heritage: Civilization and the Jews.
1988: Eban leaves Knesset.
1992: Publishes the book Personal Witness: Israel Through My Eyes.
2002 November 17: Dies in Tel Aviv.

By Tore Kjeilen