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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 Beleaguered Prime Minister

A Beleaguered Prime Minister

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(p.712) 23 A Beleaguered Prime Minister
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Moshe Sharett
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Gabriel Sheffer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0024

Despite the vagaries of the process of his appointment, Sharett's road to the prime minister's office had not been too crippling, and his initial period as ‘number one’ looked promising. Also, despite his previous fears and his friends' doubts, Sharett had shrewdly navigated the shoals of his candidacy, dealt with the process of coalition formation cleverly, and succeeded in establishing a wide coalition and a solid cabinet that, not insignificantly, were welcomed by large segments in the Israeli polity. In this respect, he was gratified that out of the fifteen ministers in his cabinet about ten were moderates. Moreover, despite Ben–Gurion's looming shadow and the appointments of Lavon and Dayan to the two most senior positions in the powerful defence establishment, Sharett could still congratulate himself as his term of office began smoothly.

Keywords:   Sharett, Lavon, prime minister, Dayan, candidacy, coalition

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