Ben Gurion Writes 4 Days After The 1942 The Biltmore Conference, a turning point in the creation of Israel, as it demanded that Palestine should serve as a Jewish State.
Item Number: 11358
David Ben Gurion
The first prime minister of Israel and its leading personality during the first 15 years of the Jewish state. Typed Letter Signed, 1 page, Letter is written while Ben - Gurion is head of The Jewish Agency and written 4 days after the "Biltmore Conference". The Biltmore Conference was called was held from May 6 to May 11, 1942 in the Biltmore Hotel in New York City. Ben-Gurion helped secure the adoption of the Biltmore Program, which called for fulfillment of the Balfour Declaration and urged the establishment of Palestine as a Jewish commonwealth. This conference was called at the initiative of Ben-Gurion, who had come to solicit the support of American Jews. Ben-Gurion was determined to seek a resolution that Jewish immigration to Palestine and the establishment of a Jewish state would proceed despite British opposition. Weizmann, who objected to the idea of severing ties with Britain, was outflanked at the conference. The Biltmore Program adopted at the conference and approved by the Zionist General Council in November 1942 called for unlimited Jewish immigration to Palestine and control of immigration by the Jewish commonwealth. TLS, dated May 19, 1942, 5 x 8", on The Winthrop letterhead. Ben-Gurion writes, "Thank you so much for your message of sympathy. With kind regards, " Signed "D. Ben - Gurion". The Biltmore Conference was a turning point in the creation of Israel as it marked the turning away from British policies toward America as a main ally and it demanded unrestricted Jewish immigration to Palestine and that Palestine should serve as a Jewish State.