How Israel's First Foreign Minister Broke the Silence - and Was Censored in Turn

Moshe Sharett decried troops' vandalizing Christian holy sites in 1949, telling lawmakers that such events could tarnish the fledgling state’s international image. Seventy years later, his exact remarks are still classified.

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In the transcript of the Israeli government meeting on July 5, 1949, about 30 lines are blotted out. Somebody decided to censor the remarks of Israel’s first foreign minister, Moshe Sharett, just at the most...