By Shimon Peres
Israel’s present president supplies us a dramatic and revelatory biography of Israel’s founding father and primary leading minister.
Shimon Peres was once in his early twenties while he first met David Ben-Gurion. even if the nation that Ben-Gurion may lead via warfare and peace had now not but declared its precarious independence, the “Old Man,” as he used to be referred to as even then, was once already a mythic determine. Peres, who got here of age within the cupboards of Ben-Gurion, is uniquely positioned to awaken 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, notwithstanding it intended surrendering a two-thousand-year-old dream of Jewish cost within the whole land of Israel. He granted the Orthodox their first exemptions from army provider regardless of his personal deep secular commitments, and he reached out to Germany within the aftermath of the Holocaust, understanding that Israel would wish as many powerful alliances as attainable in the ecu 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 lifestyles and towering achievements the profound perception of a statesman who stocks Ben-Gurion’s dream of a contemporary, democratic Jewish geographical region that lives in peace and defense along its Arab pals. In Ben-Gurion, Peres sees a ignored version of management that Israel and the realm desperately desire within the twenty-first century.
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Ben-Gurion: A Political Life by Shimon Peres