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Jerusalem's Military Government Abolished, Government Proclamation

Official Gazette, No. 48, (February 4, 1949)

Resolution 194(III) adopted by the General Assembly on 11 December 1948 called for the establishment of a permanent international regime for Jerusalem. On 30 January 1949, the Government of Israel decided to abolish the military government of the city which it had established in August 1948. In its place, it was decided to institute a civilian administration similar to that existing in other parts of Israel. On 14 February 1949, Israel's first elected Parliament, the Knesset, assembled in Jerusalem and elected Dr. Weizmann as the first President of the State. Text of the proclamation:

Israel Defence Forces Administration in Jerusalem

In accordance with the decision of the Provisional Government of Israel to abolish the military government in Jerusalem, and to institute there civil administration which is in force in other parts of the State of Israel, I, David Ben-Gurion, Minister of Defence, hereby proclaim, on behalf of the General Staff of the Israel Defence Forces, that as of today, 3 Shevat 5709 (2 February 1949), the military government, established by two proclamations published in the Official Gazette No. 12 of 26 Tamuz 5708 (2 August 1948), is abolished.

David Ben-Gurion 
Minister of Defence

Source: Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs