Perhaps Tom Segev's final column couldn't be more fitting then putting Jewish religious figures in a much better light than Ben Gurion... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Smadar
    • 16.03.13 | 23:48 (IST)

    We'll miss Tom Segev's contributions to Haaretz but look forward to his continued writing in books. It's not too surprising to hear about PM David Ben Gurion's ambitions for the time period of Israel's war of independence in 1948 or thereafter. Because when the foreign minister, Moshe Sharrett, returned from Washington with the message against a precipitating war (1948) and not to declare independence unilaterally, Ben Gurion not only locked his office door and placed the key in his pocket and threatened Sharrett that he wouldn't let him out until he promised he (Sharrett) would not disclose the message from Washington to his Israeli cabinet. Sharrett agreed. So really at the time, Ben Gurion was no dove or a true moderate socialist, but rather totally unconcerned about the Arab populations as many other statesmen on the right, eg. Begin, Shamir. But Ben Gurion changed his perspectives to a more positive acceptance of the Arabs' legitimacy to coexist with Israel and concern for what the world perceived of the actions of the Jewish State. Once again, this story somewhat puts the religious sector in a very positive light and that's nice for a change, Mr. Segev. All the best.

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    First published 22:08 16.03.13 | Last updated 22:08 16.03.13
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