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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 State of Law and Order or of Robbery?’

‘A State of Law and Order or of Robbery?’

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(p.770) 25 ‘A State of Law and Order or of Robbery?’
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Moshe Sharett
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Gabriel Sheffer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0026

The inquiry into the Mishap and the increasing political turmoil that accompanied it in Israel and abroad revealed the extent to which relations among the senior echelons of Israel's defence establishment had deteriorated as a result of Lavon's, Dayan's, and Peres's scheming and machinations. During that period, while severely censored by the government, the Israeli mass media persistently published and broadcast daily reports on the situation, especially on the relations between the minister of defence, his director general, Shimon Peres, and the chief of Staff, Dayan. Consequently, as far as Mapai was concerned, three distinct, albeit loose, factions were formed during this period: those who supported Ben–Gurion, Sharett, and Lavon. In order to buttress his own faction, when reports began to appear that he and Ben–Gurion had agreed to oust Lavon, Sharett tried to dissociate himself from Ben–Gurion's position since his own view was that Israel needed ‘law rather than sanguineness, a balanced and responsible decision about the fate of a man rather than slander through unmitigated accusations’.

Keywords:   Israel, the Mishap, Sharett, Israeli mass media, political turmoil, Lavon, Dayan, Peres, Mapai

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