Abba Eban

Abba Eban 1970

(1915-2002) – Born in South Africa as Aubrey Solomon Meir Eban, he moved to the United Kingdom when he was young and immigrated to Israel in 1940.  He was a scholar of both Arabic and Hebrew as well as an Israeli diplomat and politician.  Some of his different positions included Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister, Education Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, and ambassador to the United States and to the United Nations. He was also Vice President of the United Nations General Assembly and President of the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Abba Eban (Wikipedia)

Abba Eban
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Date of birth(1915-02-02)2 February 1915
Place of birthCape Town, South Africa
Year of aliyah1940
Date of death17 November 2002(2002-11-17) (aged 87)
Place of deathTel Aviv, Israel
Knessets4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Faction represented in Knesset
1959–1965Mapai
1965–1968Alignment
1968–1969Labor Party
1969–1988Alignment
Ministerial roles
1959–1960Minister without Portfolio
1960–1963Minister of Education & Culture
1963–1966Deputy Prime Minister
1966–1974Minister of Foreign Affairs
EducationQueens College, Cambridge
Israel delegation to the UN: (l-r) A. Lourie, consul general; Dr. J. Robinson, counsellor; A. Eban, envoy extraordinary; Dr. Avraham Katznelson, Minister of Health; Gideon Rafael, Foreign Affairs (1950)
Abba Eban (center) with Israeli PM David Ben-Gurion and U.S. President Harry Truman (1951)
Israeli PM David Ben-Gurion (center) giving a Hanukkah Menorah as a gift to U.S. President Truman in the Oval Office. At right is Abba Eban, the Ambassador of Israel to the U.S. (1951)

Abba Eban (/ˈɑːbə ˈbən/ (About this soundlisten); Hebrew: אבא אבן[ˈʔaba ˈʔeven]; born Aubrey Solomon Meir Eban; later adopted Abba Solomon Meir Eban; 2 February 1915 – 17 November 2002) was an Israeli diplomat and politician, and a scholar of the Arabic and Hebrew languages.

In his career, he was Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister, Education Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, and ambassador to the United States and to the United Nations. He was also Vice President of the United Nations General Assembly and President of the Weizmann Institute of Science.

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