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In the summer of 1950, David Ben-Gurion wanted to send 100 to 150 volunteer soldiers to the Korean War. Aside from improving relations with the United States, he hoped that Israeli participation would increase the country's prestige in the eyes of world Jewry and also in its own eyes: "It is necessary that a Jew have the feeling that his country is a hevreman [from Yiddish, a gregarious and reliable regular...