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Mordechai Bentov

Mordechai Bentov Israeli politician

Israeli politician
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Israeli politician
Countries Israel
Occupations Journalist Politician Writer
Gender male
Birth 28 March 1900 (Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Gmina Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Grodzisk Mazowiecki County, Masovian Voivodeship)
Death 18 January 1985 (Israel)
Star sign AriesAries
Politics Mapam
Education University of Warsaw
The details

Mordechai Bentov (Hebrew: מרדכי בנטוב‎, born Mordechai Gutgeld on 28 March 1900, died 18 January 1985) was an Israeli journalist and politician, and was one of the signatories of the Israeli declaration of independence.


Born in Grodzisk Mazowiecki in the Russian Empire (now in Poland), Bentov studied law for two years at the University of Warsaw and was one of the founding members and leaders of Hashomer Hatzair in Poland. He immigrated to Mandate Palestine in 1920, and continued studying law in Jerusalem. He had one younger sister, Shulamit Bat-Dori, who followed him to Palestine in 1923 and went on to become a director and producer of kibbutz theatre for Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek and other communal settlements.

He was amongst the founders of Kibbutz Artzi, and was a member of Mishmar HaEmek kibbutz. By this time he had risen to the leadership of Hashomer Hatzair, and was one of its representatives in the Histadrut and the World Zionist Organization. He was also one of the Jewish Agency delegation to the United Nations in 1947.

Political career

On 14 May 1948 Bentov was one of the 37 people to sign Israel's declaration of independence, and was appointed Minister of Labour and Construction in the provisional government. In 1949 he was elected to the first Knesset as a member of Mapam. He was re-elected in 1951 and 1955, after which he was appointed Minister of Development, a post he held until 1961.

Although he lost his seat in the 1965 elections, he was appointed Minister of Housing by Levi Eshkol, remaining in the position until 1969.

He died at his home in Mishmar HaEmek on January 18, 1985 and was buried on the kibbutz. His sister Shulamit Bat-Dori died the following month and was also buried on Mishmar HaEmek.

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