DECLARATION OF THE INDEPENDENT STATE OF ISRAEL – Iton Rishmi, Official Gazette of Israel. Tel Aviv: 14 May 1948.
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DECLARATION OF THE INDEPENDENT STATE OF ISRAEL – Iton Rishmi, Official Gazette of Israel. Tel Aviv: 14 May 1948.

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DECLARATION OF THE INDEPENDENT STATE OF ISRAEL – Iton Rishmi, Official Gazette of Israel. Tel Aviv: 14 May 1948.

First printing of the Israeli Declaration of Independence. This was the first publication rescinding the British White Paper (see lot xxx). With the names of all of the signatories, headed by David Ben-Gurion, printed on p.2, this document heralded the end of British involvement in Palestine, and the start of unrestricted immigration into the new Jewish state. It publishes for the very first time the full declaration as read out by Ben-Gurion at 4pm on Friday 14 May 1948 in the Tel-Aviv Museum (known today as Independence Hall). It announced that the National Council was to become the Provisional Government of Israel until a Constituent Assembly was formed on 1 October 1948. Iton Rishmi records all the decrees, ordinances and notices of the Israeli government, as well as the appointments of all government officials. Very rare first edition, first issue, printed on the first day of the birth of Israel. A bound set of Iton Rishmi reprinting this historic publication was issued later the same year.

Bifolium leaf (331 x 209mm). Hebrew text (horizontal creasefold, light creasing at margins, one minor marginal stain on second leaf). Provenance: inscribed in Hebrew above title 'With blessings on my first day of work in the office of the Provisional Government', signed 'Secretary in the office of the Provisional Government.' Sold with a photograph (170 x 205mm) of Ben Gurion (1886-1973) signing the declaration held by Moshe Sharett (1894-1965, second Prime Minister of Israel 1954-1955); Avraham Rivkind, the arranger of the ceremony, stands behind.
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