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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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Last Battles

Last Battles

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(p.959) 32 Last Battles
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Moshe Sharett
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Gabriel Sheffer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0033

Lavon's departure as the Histadrut secretary-general did not put an end to the Affair. Immediately after the Central Committee meeting that had voted on the sacking, a third stage, in which Sharett would also play an important role, began to take shape. In the meantime, however, Mapai had to proceed through the actual ritual of the dismissal of Lavon, which reminded Sharett strongly of his own ordeal a few years earlier. In a further meeting of the Mapai Secretariat, from his great concern for the party's position in Israel's polity, Sharett suggested that party representatives in the Histadrut must prevent a general debate on the Affair by thanking Lavon warmly for his five years of leadership, by stating that the decision to replace him was an agonizing one, and that it was caused by internal developments in the party. Once this proposal was adopted, and Sharett had carefully drafted the resolution, it was placed before the relevant Histadrut bodies and dutifully supported by the vast majority in the organization which was composed of Mapai members. That vote marked the end of Lavon's tangled political career.

Keywords:   Israeli politics, Lavon, Sharett, Mapai Secretariat, Histadrut, the Affair

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