Ben-Gurion's Political Struggles, 1963-1967: A Lion in by Zaky Shalom

By Zaky Shalom

An crucial perception into this relevant determine within the sleek background of Israel and Zionism. this significant new study explores the years that equipped as much as the Six Day struggle and info the an important matters and occasions the area continues to be grappling with this present day.

This e-book lines Daniel Ben-Gurion’s waning years in Israeli politics. After his resignation from the workplace of leading minister in 1963, the ‘Old guy’ quickly misplaced religion in his self-chose successor, Levi Eshkol, and eternally attempted to undermine the latter’s premiership, ultimately forming a breakaway get together. The occasions major as much as the Six-Day battle in June 1967 stuck Ben-Gurion unexpectedly. throughout the weeks-long ‘waiting interval’ sooner than the outbreak of hostilities, he paid little consciousness to day-by-day safety matters. but if conflict did erupt, he displayed one in all his key management abilities – the facility to formulate a correct, self reliant state of affairs evaluate. it is going to be of curiosity to students operating in Israeli politics and historical past, it is a lucid, completely researched account of the sundown years of the motive force at the back of the Israeli nation-state.

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In a photo-op Ben-Gurion and Shimon Peres stood by the launch pad. There was widespread criticism in political circles over the missile’s launching. It was claimed, probably with justification, that the launch had been timed as a major military-technological media event in order to strengthen Mapai, and especially Ben-Gurion’s position, at the polls. Prior to the elections Lavon’s supporters in Mapai organized themselves into an ideological bloc known as “Min Hayesod” (From the Basis). This group called for a repeal of Lavon’s dismissal, an increase of the Histadrut’s independence in order to strengthen the “Hevrat Ha’ovdim” (the umbrella organization of all of the Histadrut’s cooperative and independent economic enterprises), and greater democratization within Mapai.

In a letter to committee chairman, David Hacohen (MK), Ben-Gurion complained of the unjustifiable refusal to let him state his case, while others, Lavon in particular, had been given the opportunity. He argued the reason for this was the fear that his accusations would jeopardize Eshkol’s status: I do not understand why Lavon was allowed to appear several times before the [Foreign Affairs and Security] Committee [although] he was defense minister for only one year, and why I [who served over twelve years in the post] was refused.

As minister of justice I had expected him to act more responsibly than the others. He should have known that acquitting one party meant incriminating the other. Only a court of law can do that . . I considered the committee’s conduct a dangerous precedent. The procedures of the Committee of Seven were also rather strange. They accepted evidence irrelevant to the issue at hand and questioned witnesses biased in favor of one party yet refused to hear the other party . . I find Rosen’s explanations unconvincing.

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