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Levi Eshkol

Levi Eshkol.
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Levi Eshkol.

(1895-1969) Israeli politician and prime minister (1963-69).
Eshkol was a liberal politician introducing liberal economic reforms and more freedom for the media as well as more freedom for the Arab citizens of Israel. Eshkol also managed to cooperate with the left-wing groups of Israeli politics and he strengthened the military forces of Israel.

1895 October 25: Born in Oratov in Ukraine.
1914: Eshkol emigrates to Palestine and starts working with farming.
1934: Works with the Palestine Office in Berlin, to supervise the transfer of goods belonging to Jewish immigrants from, Germany to Palestine.
1937: Back in Palestine, Eshkol works for a water company.
1940: Eshkol works for the Zionist military organization Haganah, being responsible for economy and arms procurement.
1948: Eshkol becomes director-general of the defense ministry following the establishment of the state of Israel.
— Is elected to the Jewish Agency and comes in charge of immigration to Israel.
1951: Is elected to the Knesset for the Mapai party. Eshkol becomes minister of agriculture and development.
1952: Is appointed finance minister.
1963: Becomes prime minister and defense minister.
1967: Eshkol sets up a government of national unity, which includes the right-wing Menachim Begin, and he lets Moshe Dayan take over as defence minister.
1969 February 26: Dies in Jerusalem.

By Tore Kjeilen