- Category : Politics-Heads-of-state
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Split - Small (45,49)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Duality 2
Russian born chemist and Zionist leader and the first President of Israel, a largely ceremonial post from 17 February 1949 to his death 9 November 1952. As a chemist Weizmann discovered how to use bacterial fermentation to make acetone which is used in the production of cordite explosive propellants critical to the British effort in WW I. David Lloyd George, then Minister of Munitions, together with Churchill, then First Lord of the Admiralty, encourage Weizmann's development process in 1915 and by the next year there have been established six British distilleries which produce 30,000 tons of acetone for the war effort.
His contribution to the war effort got him the attention of the British government and gave him the opportunity to promote Zionist aspirations to the Foreign Secretary, Arthur Balfour. Balfour issues the very important Balfour Declaration which supports Weizmann's Zionist objectives. At this time Weizmann becomes president of the British Zionist Federation.
During WW I Weizmann is director of the British Admiralty laboratories. During WW II he was the honorary adviser to the British Ministry of Supply and did research on synthetic rubber and high-octane gasoline. Through various occupations, Japan had sole access to prior sources of rubber and there was great interest in Weizmann's work on synthetic rubber.
Weizmann got his old friend Winston Churchill to establish an all Jewish fighting unit composed of 15,000 men from Palestine serving with the British army as Jews under their own flag. Weizmann saw this as a first small step in achieving statehood.
After the war Weizmann became disillusioned by the violence in Palestine and the new terrorist tactics of the Revisionist faction. His influence decreased as new leaders ascended.
He was married to Vera Weizmann, born 27 November 1881. The couple had two sons. The younger one, Flight Lt Michael Oser Weizmann (d. 1942, aged twenty-five), serving as a pilot in the British No. 502 Squadron RAF, was killed when his plane was shot down over the Bay of Biscay.