Many prominent political leaders of the State of Israel, including two presidents and three prime ministers, have Ukrainian roots?

yitzhak-ben-zvi Yitzhak Ben-Zvi (Shimshelevich) (1884-1963). President of Israel from 1952 to 1963. Born in Poltava.
moshe-sharet Moshe Sharett(Shertok) (1894-1965). Prime Minister of Israel from 1953 to 1955. Born in Kherson.
levi-eshkol Levi Eshkol (Shkolnik) (1895-1969). Prime Minister of Israel from 1963 to 1969. Born in Orativ, Vinnytsia oblast.
moshe-dayan Moshe Dayan (1915-1981). Israeli military leader and politician who played a key role in four wars and helped negotiate the Israel-Egypt peace treaty. Born in in pre-Mandate Palestine to Jewish immigrants from Ukraine.

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golda-meir Golda Meir (Golda Mabovitch, 1898-1978). Prime Minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974. Born in Kyiv.

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ephraim-katzir Ephraim Katzir (Katchalski) (1916 -2009). Israeli biophysicist and fourth President of Israel (1973 to 1978). Born in Kyiv.

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natan-sharansky Natan (Anatoly) Sharansky. Israeli politician, human rights activist, and chess champion. After years in a Soviet prison, he immigrated to Israel, where he founded (with Yuli Edelstein) the Yisrael BaAliyah party. Sharansky held several ministerial posts, served as Deputy Prime Minister of Israel, and since 2009 is chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Born in 1948 in Stalino (now Donetsk, Ukraine).

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yuli-edelstein Yuli Edelstein.Israeli politician and former “refusenik” (person denied permission to emigrate in the Soviet Union). Edelstein founded (with Natan Sharansky) the Yisrael BaAliyah party, He was appointed Minister of Information and Diaspora in 2009 and Speaker of the Knesset in 2013. Born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine.

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