Ben Gurion thought that the Jewish state should be smart, biding it's time, appearing to accept unacceptable things then, when violence erupted, for example, to take full advantage of the situation to take what it wanted. Of course that's not just history, it's been the MO of Israel since. But Ben Gurion was careful to say that this policy should not be openly stated. These days it is so patently obvious as to be comedic, if not for the fact that the Palestinians continue to see their lands and property evaporate.
Islamic State destroys part of Syria's Temple of Bel, monitoring group says (Reuters)