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It's Now or Never

Yossi Kantz plays David Ben-Gurion in "It's Now or Never"

Synopsis and Details

It's Now or Never

The resolution on the partition of Palestine was adopted by the UN on November 29th, 1947. While all Israelis were dancing and celebrating, David Ben Gurion, the leader of the new Jewish entity remained ambivalent - after 2000 years in the Diaspora the statehood is in reach, yet the threat of Arab armies invading the Jewish lands in Palestine was very real.

Nevertheless Ben Gurion is convinced that declaring statehood right after the British terminate the mandate over Palestine, is immanent, and will not have any bearing on the Arab countries decision to invade Israel - they will invade anyway.

The film depicts, step by step, the crucial and dramatic six months before the state of Israel was inaugurated. It shows the decision making process and the fierce debate within the leadership and the political parties and recreates precisely the declaration of the state ceremony.

Several important historical figures including Ben Gurion, Golda Meir, Moshe Sertok, General Geoger Marshall and King Abdullah of Jordan are feature characters in this riveting historical film.

Directed By: Eitan Londner
Duration: 82 minutes
Writers: Zvi Shapira and Eitan Londner
Producers: Zvi Shapira and Riki Shelach
Editor: Amit Azaz
Cast: Rivka Neumann, Yossi Kantz, Liat Goran, Ohad Shachar, Yamit Sol-Feldman, Yigael Sachs, Itsik Seidoff, Yuval Karmi, Michael Varshaviak, Poly Reshef, Ami Weinberg, Zahhi Hanan, Avraham Selectar, Gadi Por, Avraham Moore, Amos Tamam, Johnny Phillips, Jack Cohen, Jack Adalist, Jack Widerker
Director of Photography: Giora Bejach
Production Design: Yoel Hertzberg

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