When Ben-Gurion Defended Stalin

Newly-released documents shed light on the infamous 'Doctors' Plot' in the Soviet Union, and the dilemma faced by the Israeli government.

Nikita Khrushchev clearly remembered that morning, probably in early January 1953: Together with some of Joseph Stalin’s other aides, he was called to the Kremlin, where the leader of the Soviet Union showed him the letter from Dr. Lidiya Timashuk, a physician. Khrushchev didn’t recognize her name but immediately realized the significance of what she had written: According to Timashuk, Andrei Aleksandrovich...