David was born in 1930 in the “Sha’arey Chessed” neighbourhood of Jerusalem, where he grew up and went to school. He studied at a “Cheder” and later at the “Tree of Life” Yeshiva. Although considered a child prodigy, he had to leave and start working at the early age of fourteen, because the financial situation at home was dire. He worked in the office of the British insurance company “Prudential”.
Aged 15 he joined Lehi and was a member of Department Six, under the command of Eliezer. In 1948, on Shlomzion Hamalka Street (called Princess Mary St at the time), while on his way to acquire pistols from a British policeman, he was shot and severely injured in his stomach. He was placed aboard one of the convoys travelling to Hadassah Hospital Mt. Scopus, and hospitalized there for over a month. Following his recovery, he joined the IDF and served in the “Beit-Choron” Battalion, but because of his deteriorated health due to injury, he was discharged early.
After Count Bernadotte was assassinated, he was arrested but as a result of lawyer Choter-Yishay’s intervention, released after two weeks.
In 1953 he was married, and began working that year at the Jerusalem “Hamekasher Transport Co-operative”, which merged with “Egged” in 1966. He continued working as a bus driver, co-operative member until his retirement in 1979. In 1993 he suffered a brain seizure and remained bound to a wheelchair from then on.