Mr. H. W. Herridge (Kootenay West):
Mr. Speaker, in the absence of the national leader of the C.C.F., I am very happy to join in the words of welcome expressed by the Prime Minister and the hon. member for Essex East to Premier Ben-Gurion, who I understand was exiled by Turkey in the first world war, later came to Canada, trained in Windsor, Nova Scotia, under British guidance and later served with the British forces in the Jewish legion; who fought against evil at that time and who has been working for all that is good ever since.
Independence came to his country 13 years ago as a result of his guidance and decision. We are proud to know today that it is a democratic socialist state which has conducted a successful experiment that is no longer an experiment but a reality that really works. Except for a short period when he became a shepherd, Mr. Ben-Gurion has been a premier. A shepherd named David became a king; a premier named David became a shepherd. He is a prophet in the land of prophets. The rewarding rehabilitation program being undertaken in Israel follows the biblical instructions given in Leviticus 19:23:
And man realizing his loss, must set out to clothe the land with trees.
That great English orator, political philosopher and statesman, Edmund Burke, said:
The nerve that never relaxes, the eye that never blenches, the thought that never wanders-these are the masters of victory.
How aptly do these words apply to Premier Ben-Gurion, our guest today, the head of a state that has nourished democracy, where it has blossomed, and has caused the desert to bloom, giving new life and hope to millions.