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Monday, February 12, 2001 Published at 10:23 GMT

David Ben Gurion
David Ben Gurion is Israel's founding father. Without his dedication and tenacity it would have been unlikely that Israel would have been created as early as it was.
Golda Meir
Golda Meir was the personification of the Zionist spirit: tough, austere, and honest. When she became Israel's prime minister in 1969, it was the high point of a life dedicated to Zionism.
Menachem Begin
Menachem Begin was Israel's first right-wing prime minister - but he was also the first Israeli politician to make peace with one of Israel's Arab enemies.
Profile: Yitzhak Rabin
Yitzhak Rabin was a distinguished soldier and politician, whose greatest success was, arguably, the Oslo peace accord with the Palestinians.
Profile: Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu's arrival in the prime minister's office in Jerusalem in 1996 represented a major turning point in Israeli politics. Gerald Butt assesses his time in office.
Arafat: Flawed symbol of Palestine
Yasser Arafat is the unchallenged leader of the Palestinians, but more and more of his people are losing patience with his style of leadership.