By Shimon Peres
Part of the Jewish come upon series
Israel’s present president offers us a dramatic and revelatory biography of Israel’s founding father and primary top minister.
Shimon Peres used to be in his early twenties whilst he first met David Ben-Gurion. even supposing the nation that Ben-Gurion might lead via battle and peace had no longer but declared its precarious independence, the “Old Man,” as he used to be referred to as even then, used to be already a mythic determine. Peres, who got here of age within the cupboards of Ben-Gurion, is uniquely put to rouse this determine of stirring contradictions—a prophetic visionary and a canny pragmatist who early grasped the need of compromise for nationwide survival. Ben-Gurion supported the 1947 United international locations Partition Plan for Palestine, although it intended surrendering a two-thousand-year-old dream of Jewish cost within the complete land of Israel. He granted the Orthodox their first exemptions from army carrier regardless of his personal deep secular commitments, and he reached out to Germany within the aftermath of the Holocaust, realizing that Israel would want as many robust alliances as attainable in the eu community.
A protégé of Ben-Gurion and himself a mythical determine at the overseas political degree, Shimon Peres brings to his account of Ben-Gurion’s existence and towering achievements the profound perception of a statesman who stocks Ben-Gurion’s dream of a contemporary, democratic Jewish countryside that lives in peace and defense along its Arab pals. In Ben-Gurion, Peres sees a overlooked version of management that Israel and the realm desperately desire within the twenty-first century.
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Navon was Ben-Gurion’s long-serving secretary and subsequently the fifth president of Israel. Tsur was a senior diplomat. 2 Young Turk In his heart Ben-Gurion felt from a very young age that he was destined to lead. But he never said it. And he never would say it. When David Gruen wrote his article on defense in September 1910, the need to “demand our legal rights” in Constantinople had been on his mind for some time. He felt that the tiny Yishuv needed someone to represent it at the policy-making level within the Ottoman Empire, especially now, after the Young Turk revolution in 1908, when minorities were being allowed representation in the Turkish parliament.
And now there weren’t any more hardships. We, the first-comers, lived a “barefooted” life. We were inexperienced, lonely, had no homes and no suitable food. We suffered a little. But now, life here is no harder than in Russia … As to myself, I have no desire to remain a peasant … I despise land ownership, which makes one rich and at the same time makes one enslaved. I love freedom, freedom of body and soul. But there’s a deeper reason. There is much work to be done in Eretz Yisrael. Every Hebrew person in Eretz Yisrael who feels and understands that he can make a contribution to the revival of our land … has the duty to make that contribution … That’s why I would like to study law, in Constantinople or in Plonsk, in order to prepare for the work that I feel myself capable of doing.
I was at the time acting director-general. Lavon said he wanted to give me the permanent appointment. “I want to appoint Shimon,” he told Ben-Gurion. ” Ben-Gurion called me into his office. ” he asked. The Basel Congress of 1946 was the scene of high drama, great rhetoric, and fateful decisions. But for me the most memorable moment was when Ben-Gurion’s wife, Paula, flustered and fuming, strode into the basement of the convention hall where Mapai was holding its caucus. ” Arieh asked. “In the hotel,” Paula said.
Ben-Gurion: A Political Life by Shimon Peres