MembersBen-Gurion: “The Spirit of the Hebrew Army Must Not Be Lost”

The Bible was a source of inspiration for Ben-Gurion, not only to shape the politics of the State of Israel, but also to chart the contours of the army and its moral character.

By Aviel Schneider | | Topics: IDF
David Ben-Gurion reviews the troops during a visit to Kibbutz Beer Ora in 1957.

Israel’s founding father, David Ben-Gurion, was not only Israel’s first prime minister, but also its first defense minister. He loved comparing the political processes to biblical history and politics. Perhaps it is important and necessary, especially in these days of protests and calls for refusal to serve, to read his political and biblical account of Israel’s Defense Forces.

He once related that “we fought more than once with Egypt, with Assyria, with Babylon and with Syria during Bible times. But these peoples never attacked us at the same time. Only in the War of Independence in 1948 did the Arab armies invade the country at the same time. This is the first time in our history that all these nations have come together to fight us. A young army alone against the Arab nations and their armies. Nothing like this had happened in our 3,500-year history.”

This pushed Israel to become what it is today. Much can be read about Ben-Gurion’s political and biblical views from his speeches, which can be seen in the archives of...

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One response to “Ben-Gurion: “The Spirit of the Hebrew Army Must Not Be Lost””

  1. Disciple 1978 says:

    “Israel’s enemies are the same as before,” stressed Ben-Gurion.”
    Israel’s enemies are God’s enemies. “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” (James 4:4) Whatever is worldly is an enemy of God, this would include all nations and peoples as well as those mentioned. Abraham was a friend of God. (Jam 2:23) Israel will be surprised to learn that Jacob was an enemy of God before his conversion to Israel. (Gen 32:25) This should’ve told them that all Adam’s offspring are natural enemies of God and that all need God’s redemption to become friends with God.
    “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” 1 John 2:15

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