Abba Eban was an Israeli diplomat and politician who served as Israel’s Foreign Minister from 1966 to 1974. He was also a member of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) from 1950 to 1974, and as Deputy Prime Minister from 1974 to 1977. Eban was born in Cape Town, South Africa, on February 2, 1915, to Lithuanian Jewish parents. His family moved to Britain when he was a child, and he was educated at St. Paul’s School and Pembroke College, Cambridge.
Eban began his career in the British diplomatic service in 1939, serving in Washington, D. C. , during World War II. He later served as the British ambassador to the United Nations (1948-1949) and as Israel’s ambassador to the United States (1950-1959).
Eban played a key role in the negotiations that led to the signing of the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty in 1979. He retired from politics in 1980 and died on November 17, 2002, at the age of 87.
November 17, 2002, Tel Aviv, Israel
Pembroke College, Cambridge, Queens' College, Cambridge, University of Cambridge
When his mother remarried, he took the surname of his stepfather, Dr. Isaac Eban.
Israel's representative at the United Nations during the independence struggle of 1948, its ambassador to both Washington and the United Nations during the Middle East war of 1956, and its foreign minister during the 1967 and 1973 Middle East wars.