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This e-book lines Daniel Ben-Gurion’s waning years in Israeli politics. After his resignation from the place of work of best minister in 1963, the ‘Old guy’ quickly misplaced religion in his self-chose successor, Levi Eshkol, and endlessly attempted to undermine the latter’s premiership, ultimately forming a breakaway celebration. The occasions best as much as the Six-Day struggle in June 1967 stuck Ben-Gurion without warning. throughout the weeks-long ‘waiting interval’ ahead of the outbreak of hostilities, he paid little consciousness to day-by-day safety matters. but if battle did erupt, he displayed one among his key management talents – the facility to formulate a correct, self sustaining scenario evaluation. will probably be of curiosity to students operating in Israeli politics and background, it is a lucid, completely researched account of the sundown years of the driver at the back of the Israeli nation-state.
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The small parties’ corruption, abuse, and power to blackmail will grow. Collective responsibility will disappear . . 24 After Ben-Gurion’s resignation in June 1963, the continued handling of the Lavon Affair became a major source of friction between Ben-Gurion and Eshkol. Unlike Ben-Gurion, Eshkol preferred a moderate, compromising, pragmatic approach to political issues, and would have liked to see the affair buried as quickly as possible. Also, it seems that he attached less importance to the Committee of the Seven and its findings than Ben-Gurion did.
Ben-Gurion was undoubtedly pleased to hear this but made no response. Joseph warned him that an irreconcilable situation was developing in the leadership that could block Ben-Gurion’s return to the prime minister’s office. ”17 When Reuven Barkat, the secretary of Mapai, offered Ben-Gurion an opportunity to be the keynote speaker at the party’s convention (due to be held in February 1965), the Old Man refused, declaring that he no longer wished to be involved in state matters. He informed Barkat that he could not give the main speech on such an occasion because it would entail state issues.
I was unsure when I nominated him for commander of the air force because he gave the impression of being an adventurer. 20 Ben-Gurion–Eshkol: initial frictions But it turned out for the best. 22 Ben-Gurion had no doubt that Motti Hod was the best man for the job of air force commander: “Yitzhak Rabin’s candidate is too old . . ”23 Having been consulted over a sensitive issue as IDF appointments assuaged Ben-Gurion’s anger with Eshkol for vetoing his meeting with Adenauer and his treatment at the Mapai convention.