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Moshe SharettBiography of a Political Moderate$
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Gabriel Sheffer

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198279945

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.001.0001

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A Lament for Generations to Come?

A Lament for Generations to Come?

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(p.395) 13 A Lament for Generations to Come?
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Moshe Sharett
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Gabriel Sheffer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0014

Out of political necessity and some mutual respect, Shertok and Ben–Gurion strove to maintain their troubled coalition, but it was inevitable that the two would continue to clash. The next disagreement between the two concerned Ben–Gurion's dissatisfaction with the ceasefire and his impatience to resume the war. He asserted then that Israel's most dangerous enemy was a truce without an end. According to him, it placed a question mark over the existence of the state in the conscience of the world, it meant the presence of UN observers in Israel, and it enabled the Arabs to prepare and choose their own time for an offensive against the Jewish state. Boasting about the immense increase in Israel's military might during the cease-fire, the prime minister and minister of defence firmly believed that most of Israel's security problems could, and should, be solved through the application of that force. He was therefore only seeking a pretext to unleash a spectacular military operation.

Keywords:   Shertok, UN observers, Israel, military operation

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