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Abba Eban

by Mackenzie Landi

One of Israel’s most famous statesmen, Abba Eban was born in South Africa but moved to the UK as a child. He was heavily involved in Zionist activities before WWII, and he went to work for Chaim Weizmann at the WZO in London. Eban is best known as the special liaison to the new United Nations who was able to get approval for Resolution 181, known as the UN Partition Plan of Palestine in 1947, proving that under international law the establishment of a Jewish national home was legally binding as it was written into the Treaty of San Remo. Abba Eban went on to serve as Israel’s Ambassador to the UN for the next decade and Ambassador to the United States.


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