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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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American Pressures

American Pressures

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(p.469) 16 American Pressures
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Moshe Sharett
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Gabriel Sheffer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0017

Sharett soon learned that ‘joining the family of nations’, which according to him was an essential element in the normalization of Israel, only meant a further increase in the need to make constant critical decisions, many of which would now have significant international as well as domestic ramifications. Israel's and his own first diplomatic test after joining the UN came in regard to harsh pressure emanating from various Latin American delegations, which had been extremely helpful to and supportive of Israel, especially in its previous major struggles in the UN — attaining the partition resolution and UN membership, that the Jewish state abstain instead of opposing Spain's membership of the world body. As a man of principle, however, Sharett could not help but follow his moral and political instincts and vote with the liberal bloc of states that objected to the resumption of political relations with the oppressive Franco regime and to its admission to the UN. When ex post facto this Israeli decision was condoned by most Latin American states, the stage was set for the Israeli government, under Sharett's unmistakable guidance, to continue taking moral rather than pragmatic decisions in certain spheres of its foreign relations.

Keywords:   Moshe Sharett, foreign relations, partition resolution, family of nations

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