PRIME MINISTER LEVI ESHKOL (ISRAEL) - MAGAZINE COVER SIGNED - HFSID 279137
Sale Price $180.00
June 9, 1968 cover of Time with an illustration of Levi Eshkol, captioned "ISRAEL: The Struggle to Survive" and signed by Eshkol. This issue is dated during the Six-Day War, which pitted Israel against four Arab countries. Accompanied by an unsigned sheet of stationery and a postmark from the Prime Minister's office, both stapled to the cover.
Two items, stapled together: 1) Magazine cover signed "[illegible]/L. Eshkol". Color, 8x11. June 9, 1967 cover of Time magazine with an illustration of Eshkol on the cover. Captioned: "ISRAEL: The Struggle to Survive/ISRAEL'S/PREMIER/ESHKOL". Lightly toned and creased. Cover was neatly cut from cover on left edge. Three light tears on left edge. Light dents at bottom edge. Light nicks at top edge. Rounded right corners. Address label in lower left corner. Otherwise in fine condition. 2) Unsigned 4x5¼ sheet of white stationery with embossed Israeli state seal near top edge. Captioned: "With the compliments/of the/Prime Minister". Lightly toned and creased, otherwise in fine condition. 3) Unsigned Israeli envelope. Postmarked Oct. 10, 1968 from "Prime Minister's Office/Jersusalem-Israel". Addressed to Mr. Anthony A. Strow, West Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts. Lightly toned and creased. With pencil notations in unknown hand. Envelope was neatly opened on left edge. Normal postal stamps. Otherwise in fine condition. This cover is dated during the Six-Day War, which lasted from June 5 to June 10, 1967. Eshkol was prime minister of Israel during this war. Approximately 264,000 Israeli troops faced off against over half a million soldiers from neighboring Syria, Jordan and Egypt and nearby Iraq. It started after Egypt massed about 160,000 soldiers and 1,000 tanks on the Sinai Peninsula, neighboring Israel. Israel responded with a pre-emptive strike against Egypt's airforce. When the dust had settled, Israel controlled the Sinai Peninsula, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights and had survived to fight another day. Eshkol (1895-1969, born in Oratov, Ukraine) was prime minister of Israel from 1963 until his death and led Israel during the Six-Day War against Egypt, Jordan and Syria. He also helped to unite Israel's three major labor parties into the Israel Labor Party in 1968. Eshkol moved to Palestine in 1914, before the creation of Israel. After fighting with the British against the Turks there, he helped to found one of Palestine's first kibbutzim, Deganya Bet. Eshkol held several government positions after the creation of the Israeli state, including minister of finance, before ascending to the prime ministership.
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