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These Terms are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia , U. You and we submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue of the local and federal courts located within the District of Columbia. From to he also served as his country's ambassador to the United States.

In the words of Henry Kissinger:. I have never encountered anyone who matched his command of the English language. His grasp of history and fluency in ten languages enhanced his speech-making in the United Nations , even to skeptical or hostile audiences. He was known for his witty remarks. For example, when he was complemented on his perfect Oxford English he replied "Cambridge actually, but in politics one expects to be smeared".

Eban left the United States in and returned to Israel, where he was elected to the Knesset the Israeli parliament as a member of Mapai. From to , Eban served as Israel's foreign minister. He played an important part in the shaping of UN Security Council Resolution in , as well as Resolution in Eban was at times criticized for not voicing his opinions in Israel's internal debate.

However, he was generally known to be on the "dovish" side of Israeli politics and was increasingly outspoken after leaving the cabinet.

In and , it was widely understood that Shimon Peres intended to name Eban Foreign Minister, had the Labor Party won those elections. Eban was offered the chance to serve as minister without portfolio in the national unity government, but chose to serve instead as Chair of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee from to His comment that Palestinians "never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity" i.

In , after three decades in the Knesset, he lost his seat over internal splits in the Labour Party. He devoted the rest of his life to writing and teaching, including serving as a visiting academic at Princeton University , Columbia University and George Washington University.

He also narrated television documentaries including Heritage: Eban died in and was buried in Kfar Shmaryahu , north of Tel Aviv. Eban's son, Eli Eban , is a clarinetist who teaches at Indiana University. Eli has two children, Yael and Omri Eban.

Eban's brother-in-law was Chaim Herzog , the sixth President of Israel. Eban's cousin, Oliver Sacks , was a neurologist and author. Lynn recounts that the plot of an episode of Yes, Prime Minister " A Victory for Democracy " , which involved the British Prime Minister bypassing his own Arab-centric bureaucracy by taking the Israeli ambassador's advice, was based on an actual incident narrated to him by Eban.

Two other clubs, the Kentucky Colonels and the Spirits of St. Louis , were disbanded upon the merger, with each getting a buyout: The players from the Colonels, Spirits, and Squires were made available to NBA teams through a dispersal draft; the four teams absorbed by the NBA were allowed to choose players from this draft.

One of the more significant long-term contributions of the ABA to professional basketball was to tap into markets in the southeast that had been collegiate basketball hotbeds including North Carolina , Virginia, and Kentucky.

At the time, it showed no interest in placing a team south of Washington, D. NBA great George Mikan was the first commissioner of the ABA, where he introduced both the 3-point line and the league's trademark red, white and blue basketball. One of the primary contributions of the ABA to modern NBA was the introduction of the Spencer Haywood Hardship Rule , which would later become the framework for the current NBA draft eligibility system that allows players to declare for the NBA after being one year removed from their high school graduation.

Today, the one and done rule in the NBA can be traced back to the ABA's decision to allow players to leave college early and pursue a professional career before they had completed their collegiate careers. Of the original 11 teams, only the Kentucky Colonels and Indiana Pacers remained for all nine seasons without relocating, changing team names, or folding.

With the ABA cut down to seven teams by the middle of its final season, the league abandoned divisional play. In , a new league calling itself the ABA was established. The new league uses a similar red, white and blue basketball as the old ABA, but unlike the original ABA, it does not feature players of similar caliber to the NBA, nor does it play games in major arenas or on television as the original ABA did.

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